German prosecutors are opening an investigation into the shooting death of Diren Dede, the 17-year-old German exchange student killed last month in a Missoula garage.
According to Deputy Press Officer Carsten Rinio of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Hamburg, Dede’s hometown, prosecutors have requested investigative information from the Missoula County Attorney’s Office via the German Ministry of Justice.
That agency will make the request to the U.S. Department of Justice, which will then contact Missoula prosecutors.
Missoula Deputy County Attorney Andrew Paul said his organization hasn't yet received the request for information.
Under German law, a person who commits a crime against a German national is subject to proecution in the German judicial system.
Grant Creek resident Markus Kaarma already has been charged by Missoula prosecutors with deliberate homicide, and has entered a not guilty plea.
Kaarma contends that he was defending his home and family after Dede entered the family's garage, apparently in search of alcohol.
Prosecutors, however, say that Kaarma and his wife set a trap for burglars who had taken a phone and other items from the garage in the weeks preceding the fatal shooting. Other teenagers have been arrested and charged in connection with those crimes.