Judge sets January trial for Missoula man accused of exchange student's murder

2014-06-25T11:15:00Z 2014-08-26T14:33:06Z Judge sets January trial for Missoula man accused of exchange student's murderBy KATHRYN HAAKE Missoulian The Billings Gazette
June 25, 2014 11:15 am  • 

MISSOULA — The Missoula man accused of shooting and killing a German exchange student in his garage will go on trial Jan. 5.

District Court Judge Ed McLean set the trial date at a Wednesday morning hearing.

Markus Kaarma is charged with deliberate homicide in the May shooting death of a 17-year-old foreign exchange student who he caught trespassing in his garage.

The teenager, Diren Dede, lived nearby and was unarmed.

McLean also issued a stern warning to Kaarma's attorney, Paul Ryan. "If you're going to play to the public, don't expect me to be flexible with the venue."

Ryan announced Tuesday that he will host a free community viewing in Caras Park this week during the U.S.-Germany World Cup soccer match.

Dede was a soccer player, on two Missoula teams and in his home country. His shooting created an international uproar over American gun laws and Montana's castle doctrine.

Kaarma has pleaded not guilty.

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