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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.

December 17, 2014 1:20 pm Video Photos

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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 6:36 am Photos

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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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Missoula police 'walk' jurors through bloodied garage

Missoula police 'walk' jurors through bloodied garage

MISSOULA — The trial of a Missoula man accused of fatally shooting a German teenager in his garage resumed Monday morning, with police officers testifying that pellets from the shotgun penetrated the man’s home and shattered a bottle of oil in his pantry.

December 08, 2014 10:16 am Video Photos

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Partner testifies Kaarma assaulted her; worker says he was confronted with shotgun

Partner testifies Kaarma assaulted her; worker says he was confronted with shotgun

MISSOULA — The partner of Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of shooting an unarmed teenager in his garage last spring, admitted Friday during her witness testimony that Kaarma physically assaulted her in 2012.

December 05, 2014 4:14 pm Photos

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Kaarma's partner testifies she didn't hear teen's pleas before shots

Kaarma's partner testifies she didn't hear teen's pleas before shots

MISSOULA — The partner of a Missoula man accused of killing a German exchange student in his garage last spring testified Friday she didn't hear the teen say anything before the four shots that fatally wounded him were fired.

December 05, 2014 1:20 pm Photos

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Prosecutor pumps shotgun during Kaarma trial; defense points to burglary ring

Prosecutor pumps shotgun during Kaarma trial; defense points to burglary ring

MISSOULA — The trial for Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of shooting an unarmed teenager in his garage last spring, resumed Thursday morning with a prosecutor pumping a shotgun and a defense attorney pointing to an alleged burglary ring during opening statements.

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Defense attorneys contend slain exchange student was part of teenage burglary ring

Defense attorneys contend slain exchange student was part of teenage burglary ring

MISSOULA — The wrangling between prosecutors and defense attorneys representing Markus Kaarma became increasingly contentious Tuesday afternoon, as they waded through multiple motions and hashed out what would be admissible during the Missoula man's upcoming trial.

December 03, 2014 6:48 am Photos

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Trial begins Monday for Missoula man who fatally shot exchange student

Trial begins Monday for Missoula man who fatally shot exchange student

MISSOULA — It’s been seven months since Markus Kaarma fatally shot a German exchange student who was apparently looking for alcohol in the garage of his Grant Creek home.

November 30, 2014 7:34 am Photos

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Kaarma's defense team makes 3rd attempt to move trial

Kaarma's defense team makes 3rd attempt to move trial

MISSOULA — Markus Kaarma’s attorneys have filed yet another motion requesting his upcoming trial be moved to another county, claiming two stories published in the Missoulian last week have further tainted Kaarma’s reputation to such an extent that an impartial jury cannot be selected from th…

November 19, 2014 4:29 pm Related Loading…
Man pleads guilty to burglarizing Markus Kaarma's garage

Man pleads guilty to burglarizing Markus Kaarma's garage

MISSOULA — The 18-year-old accused of burglarizing Markus Kaarma's home in the days prior to the fatal shooting of another teenager in Kaarma's garage has pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor.

October 29, 2014 1:26 pm Related Loading…
Murder trial in foreign student's shooting remains in Missoula

Murder trial in foreign student's shooting remains in Missoula

MISSOULA — Missoula County District Judge Ed McLean has denied a second request by defense attorneys to move the trial of a Grant Creek man charged with killing a German exchange student in his garage earlier this year.

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Kaarma's defense attorneys again ask for change of venue

Kaarma's defense attorneys again ask for change of venue

MISSOULA — Lawyers for a man accused of deliberate homicide in the death of a German exchange student are taking another shot at moving the trial outside Missoula County.

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Judge won't move trial in exchange shooting death

Judge won't move trial in exchange shooting death

MISSOULA — The trial of a man charged with shooting a German exchange student in his garage in April will remain in Missoula, a state judge has ruled.

August 26, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Prosecutors object to moving trial for killing of German teen

Prosecutors object to moving trial for killing of German teen

MISSOULA — Missoula County prosecutors are objecting to a change of venue request for the trial of Markus Kaarma, the 29-year-old Missoula man who shot and killed an unarmed German exchange student when the teen entered his Grant Creek garage on April 27.

August 13, 2014 7:20 am Video Photos

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Lawyers: Media portrayed exchange student's shooter as 'cold-blooded killer'

Lawyers: Media portrayed exchange student's shooter as 'cold-blooded killer'

MISSOULA — Attorneys representing Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of killing a German exchange student in Kaarma’s garage last April, are asking a judge to bar the public from viewing pretrial evidence of Kaarma’s “prior bad acts.”

July 23, 2014 9:44 am Photos

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Defense wants some proceedings closed in exchange student shooting case

Defense wants some proceedings closed in exchange student shooting case

MISSOULA — Attorneys for a Missoula man accused of shooting and killing a German exchange student want to seal some court documents and proceedings and move the trial out of the county, saying the case has drawn so much attention that it will be impossible for Markus Kaarma to get a fair trial.

July 22, 2014 10:00 am Video Loading…

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