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Diren Dede's host parents express relief at guilty verdict

Diren Dede's host parents express relief at guilty verdict

MISSOULA — Kate Walker and Randy Smith, the Missoula couple who hosted 17-year-old foreign exchange student Diren Dede in their home until he was gunned down in a garage just down the street, expressed relief in the wake of Wednesday’s verdict.

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Kaarma guilty of German student's homicide; parents will address court Thursday

Kaarma guilty of German student's homicide; parents will address court Thursday

MISSOULA — A collective cry erupted on the third floor of the Missoula County Courthouse Wednesday as a jury of eight women and four men found Markus Hendrik Kaarma guilty of deliberate homicide.

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Markus Kaarma holds hands with his mother

Markus Kaarma holds hands with his mother

Markus Kaarma holds hands with his mother Monday morning while leaving the Missoula County Courthouse during the lunch break in his deliberate homicide trial for shooting Diren Dede after Dede entered his garage last spring.

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Markus Kaarma

Markus Kaarma

Markus Kaarma speaks with his attorney after the prosecution's closing argument.

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Markus Kaarma

Markus Kaarma

Markus Kaarma listens to his defense attorneys during his trial Friday in Missoula. Prosecutors concluded their case against Kaarma, who is accused of deliberate homicide.

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Prosecutor Karla Painter

Prosecutor Karla Painter

Prosecutor Karla Painter said during closing arguments Tuesday that Markus Kaarma intended to harm or kill Diren Dede when Kaarma shot him. 

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Prosecutor Karla Painter

Prosecutor Karla Painter

Prosecutor Karla Painter said during closing arguments Tuesday that Markus Kaarma intended to harm or kill Diren Dede when Kaarma shot him.

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Markus Kaarma's defense attorney Paul Ryan

Markus Kaarma's defense attorney Paul Ryan

Markus Kaarma's defense attorney Paul Ryan highlights areas in the judge's instructions to the jury Tuesday morning that, he argued during closing, should cause the jurors to pronounce his client not guilty.

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Prosecutor Andrew Paul

Prosecutor Andrew Paul

Prosecutor Andrew Paul gestures in front of the jury Tuesday morning in the Markus Kaarma trial as he describes the state's version of Kaarma's shooting of Diren Dede last spring. 

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Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

Markus Kaarma's defense attorney Paul Ryan speaks during closing statements.

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Montana student exchange program carries on despite Dede's death

Montana student exchange program carries on despite Dede's death

MISSOULA — The killing in Missoula of Diren Dede is on the radar of exchange programs in Montana and the foreign students they would court.

December 17, 2014 9:21 am
Montana student exchange program carries on despite Dede's death

Montana student exchange program carries on despite Dede's death

MISSOULA — The killing in Missoula of Diren Dede is on the radar of exchange programs in Montana and the foreign students they would court.

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Turkish UM student translates criminal proceedings for Diren Dede's parents

Turkish UM student translates criminal proceedings for Diren Dede's parents

MISSOULA — A young University of Montana student has found himself volunteering countless hours of his time helping the parents of Diren Dede understand — in the most literal sense of the word — the trial of the man accused of murdering their son.

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Turkish UM student translates criminal proceedings for Diren Dede's parents

Turkish UM student translates criminal proceedings for Diren Dede's parents

A young University of Montana student has found himself volunteering countless hours of his time helping the parents of Diren Dede understand – in the most literal sense of the word – the trial of the man accused of murdering their son.

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Defense rests in German exchange student shooting

Defense rests in German exchange student shooting

MISSOULA — Videotape of Markus Kaarma crying in a Montana police station after he shot and killed a German exchange student was one of the last pieces of evidence put up by defense attorneys in his murder trial, whose outcome hinges on how jurors interpret Kaarma’s use of a state self-defense law.

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Consul General: Germans are softening their opinion of gun-toting Montanans

Consul General: Germans are softening their opinion of gun-toting Montanans

MISSOULA — Montana may have been perceived as the Wild West when the fatal shooting of German exchange student Diren Dede first reached European newsstands last spring, but that raucous gun-toting reputation may be fading.

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Defense's expert witness paid $44K, says he wouldn't have charged Kaarma

Defense's expert witness paid $44K, says he wouldn't have charged Kaarma

MISSOULA — Prosecutors in Markus Kaarma's deliberate homicide trial on Friday attacked the defense's first expert witness, who received his doctorate from an unaccredited university that is now defunct and was paid $44,000 to investigate the case and testify.

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Markus Kaarma's defense team begins its case for acquittal

Markus Kaarma's defense team begins its case for acquittal

MISSOULA — Prosecutors have concluded their case against a Missoula man accused of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German exchange student who ventured into his garage late one night last spring.

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Detective: Kaarma adjusted aim before firing final, fatal shot at exchange student

Detective: Kaarma adjusted aim before firing final, fatal shot at exchange student

MISSOULA — Testimony in the deliberate homicide trial of Markus Kaarma revealed Thursday that he saw the German exchange student in his garage and shot directly at him three times, then stopped to readjust and deliver a final, fatal blow when Diren Dede stood from behind a car.

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Missoula exchange student shooting

Missoula exchange student shooting

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