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.