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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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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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Exchange student shooting
12:01 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Missoula judge scolds Kaarma attorney

Markus Kaarma (L) and lead attorney Paul Ryan (R)
Credit Edward O'Brien

Missoula County District Court Judge Ed McLean today laid it out in no uncertain terms  to Markus Kaarma's lead attorney, Paul Ryan:

"I don't want any playing to the public. We have serious business at hand and it's not the time to run  a public relations campaign, so knock it off."

McLean was referring to the announcement that tomorrow morning, in Missoula's Caras Park, Ryan's law firm would host a live screening of the World Cup soccer match between the United States and Germany.

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Exchange student shooting
1:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Missoula man accused of shooting student pleads not guilty

Kaarma (L) with Janelle Pflager on his right
Credit Edward O'Brien

The  Missoula man charged with shooting a German exchange student has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide.

Markus Kaarma, 29, was arraigned today in the April 27 death of 17-year-old Diren Dede. 

Prosecutors allege Kaarma and his girlfriend set up motion sensors and video cameras to try to catch the thieves who had recently burglarized their garage.

Kaarma is accused of firing four shots into the garage after they spotted a trespasser.  Dede was hit in the head and arm.

Kaarma has said he feared for his life and was defending his property.

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