MISSOULA — The Missoula man who fatally shot a 17-year-old exchange student who was in his garage was charged Monday with deliberate homicide.
Markus Hendrik Kaarma of Missoula made an initial appearance in Justice Court on Monday afternoon for the felony charge filed after the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede of Hamburg, Germany. Kaarma's bail was set at $30,000.
Police say Kaarma fired four shots — two of which hit Dede, an exchange student of Turkish decent who was standing in Kaarma’s garage. Dede was a junior at Missoula's Big Sky High School.
Missoula police public information officer Travis Welsh said there was a second male with Dede, but he ran from the scene when shots were fired. He has been questioned by police.
Officers responded to the reported shooting just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Kaarma told officers he found an intruder in his garage after an alarm went off and shot him with a shotgun.