Trial date moved in shooting of exchange student

2014-06-30T16:34:00Z 2014-09-11T15:06:05Z Trial date moved in shooting of exchange studentThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 30, 2014 4:34 pm  • 

MISSOULA — The trial date for a Missoula man charged in the shooting death of a German exchange student has been moved up to December.

Last week, District Judge Ed McLean scheduled a Jan. 5 trial date for 24-year-old Markus Kaarma in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede. Dede was shot while he was in Kaarma's garage early on April 27. Kaarma has claimed self-defense.

Dede's defense attorneys had sought a December trial date and McLean said he would accommodate that request if a larger courtroom became available.

McLean said Monday that Kaarma's trial would start Dec. 1.

Court records indicate Dede was looking for alcohol in Kaarma's garage when he was shot.

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