Christopher Allen

News Anchor, Reporter

Christopher Allen is a news anchor and reporter for MTPR. He can be heard reading evening news most weeknights.

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Kaarma Trial
4:50 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Kaarma, Dede's Parents Finally Speak In Court

Gulcin Dede, mother of slain German exchange student Diren Dede, gives a statement to the court at Thursday's pre-sentencing hearing in Missoula, Mt.
Credit Christopher B Allen

The parents of slain 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede entered a Missoula County courtroom today to applause from an audience, but they expressed only sadness as they gave emotional statements through an interpreter for a judge to consider during Markus Kaarma’s sentencing on February 11.

On Wednesday, a jury found Kaarma guilty of deliberate homicide in the April 27, killing their son.

The 30-year-old Kaarma, who didn't testify during the murder trial, gave a tearful apology to the family.

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Reporter On Scene
6:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Kaarma Trial Re-Cap

Celal Dede, father of the German exchange student shot by Markus Kaarma, speaks with the press following the announcement of the guilty verdict on Dec. 17 in Missoula, MT.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

MTPR reporter Christopher Allen recaps the Markus Kaarma trial and describes the scene in court when the jury delivered its guilty verdict on deliberate homicide charges.

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Facing 10 Year Minimum Term
1:49 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Jury Unanimous: Kaarma Guilty Of Deliberate Homicide

Markus Kaarma in court in Missoula Tue., Dec. 17, 2014.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

At approximately 1:15 p.m. Wednesday the jury in the Markus Kaarma trial returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of the charge of deliberate homicide brought by Missoula County prosecutors.

MTPR's Christopher Allen was at the courthouse and reports "a mix of cries and smiles" in the courtroom after the verdict was read. 

Sentencing is scheduled for February 11.

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Deliberate Homocide Or Self Defense?
4:15 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Kaarma's Fate Now In Jury's Hands

Deputy Missoula County Attorney Karla Painter during closing arguments of the deliberate homicide trial of Markus Kaarma in Missoula, MT, Tuesday.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

Closing arguments finished today in the murder trial of a Missoula man who shot and killed a German exchange student last April.

Markus Kaarma fired a shotgun four times into his garage, killing 17-year-old Diren Dede.

Kaarma’s defense team said he was simply a scared homeowner defending his family against burglars who had already victimized Kaarma twice. Lead defense attorney Paul Ryan said Montana’s Castle Doctrine gives Kaarma special protection.

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Senator John Walsh
4:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

In Final Senate Speech, Walsh Highlights Veteran Suicides, Money In Politics, Public Lands

Senator John Walsh used his last speech on the Senate floor this morning to talk about money in politics, protecting Montana public lands and veteran suicides.

In August, Walsh dropped out of his Senate reelection bid amid a plagiarism scandal.

Walsh said 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

"If this country were losing 22 service members a day on the battlefield, Americans would be in the streets protesting."

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed a bill to reduce vet suicides, it’s now before the Senate.

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Garage Shooting
6:01 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Kaarma Trial Begins With Dramatic Opening Arguments

Markus Kaarma and attorney Paul Ryan outside the Missoula County Courthouse before an April hearing.
Credit Edward O'Brien

Opening arguments began in the Markus Kaarma case today in Missoula. Kaarma’s accused of murdering 17-year-old German exchange student, Diren Dede after the boy entered his garage late on the night of April 27.

The state’s 15-minute opening argument started with Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Clark reenacting a plea from Dede.

“NO NO NO NO PLEASE, that’s what Janelle said Darren was pleading right before he was shot, on April 27th, 2014."

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LGBT Discrimination
5:49 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Discrimination Questions Remain Despite Gay Marriage Decision

Credit Flickr user Archie McPhee (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

Now that a federal judge has struck down Montana’s ban on gay marriage, questions remain about how that affects businesses who object to same-sex marriage for religious or other reasons.

University of Montana Law Professor Anthony Johnstone says civil rights laws that prevent businesses from discriminating against customers don’t include protections for sexual orientation.

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Gay Marriage Appeal
5:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

9th Circuit To Hear Montana's Appeal Over Gay Marriage

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s appeal of the federal court order striking down the state’s gay marriage ban is due by February 27.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals will hear the case, and has already ruled similar bans are unconstitutional.

University of Montana Law Professor Anthony Johnstone says Wednesdays’ ruling striking down the gay marriage ban here won’t be final until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.

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Montana Evening Edition
6:20 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Newscast 11-14-2014

The second year of buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starts tomorrow - we've got a couple of stories on that on tonight's Montana Evening Edition. We've also got news from the state capitol, and it turns out a federal judge in Great Falls won't hear arguments challenging Montana's gay marriage ban.

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Fort Peck Bison Relocation
5:15 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Arrive At Fort Peck Reservation

Yellowstone bison shuffle off of a truck after reaching their final destination at the Fort Peck Reservation.
Credit Courtesy of the Defenders of Wildlife

Nearly 2,000 pounds of wild bison lumbered out of a truck and down a ramp yesterday onto a pasture owned by the the Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation as members of the tribe greeted the animals with a song.

Dozens of excited people were there to see workers herd the animals into a 140 acre holding pen. Fort Peck Fish and Game officials said almost 100 bison were unloaded yesterday, with nearly 50 more expected today.

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