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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.

December 16, 2014 7:44 am Related
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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Trial of man accused in Williston rancher’s death to start Tuesday

Trial of man accused in Williston rancher’s death to start Tuesday

WILLISTON, N.D. — The trial for a man charged with murder in the shooting death of a Williston rancher is set to begin Tuesday in the Ward County Courthouse in Minot.

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Kaarma's partner changes story, says teen didn't plead for life before fatal shooting

Kaarma's partner changes story, says teen didn't plead for life before fatal shooting

MISSOULA — A German teenager did not plead for his life in the seconds before he was shot to death in a Grant Creek garage, the Missoula woman who shared the home with shooter Markus Kaarma told jurors Friday.

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Oregon man acquitted of sex abuse charges

A federal jury in Billings last week acquitted an Oregon man accused of sexually abusing a teenager on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

September 29, 2014 10:17 amLoading…
ILLUSTRATION: Crime lab

ILLUSTRATION: Crime lab

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Jury unable to reach verdict in rape trial; case to be re-tried in September

Jury unable to reach verdict in rape trial; case to be re-tried in September

She said he raped her. He said the sex was consensual. After about seven hours of deliberation Wednesday, a 12-person jury was unable to agree on who to believe, leading to a mistrial.

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Hyundai calls Lake County verdict 'outrageous,' 'mistaken'

Hyundai calls Lake County verdict 'outrageous,' 'mistaken'

A Hyundai spokesman promised an immediate appeal Wednesday, after jurors in Lake County said a manufacturing defect cost two Missoula teens their lives in a head-on crash and awarded their families $248 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

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Jury blames Hyundai for crash that killed 2 Missoula teens

Jury blames Hyundai for crash that killed 2 Missoula teens

POLSON – A Lake County jury ruled Tuesday that a defect in a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon caused the fatal crash that killed two Missoula cousins on Fourth of July weekend 2011 – and that the manufacturer acted with “actual malice.”

May 14, 2014 7:11 am Photos

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Lawsuit over fatal Highway 93 crash goes to Lake County jury

Lawsuit over fatal Highway 93 crash goes to Lake County jury

POLSON – Did two Missoula teenagers die because Hyundai Motors ignored problems with the steering knuckles installed in its vehicles in order to save itself the $2 billion it would have cost to recall and replace them?

May 13, 2014 11:13 am Photos

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Witness describes scene of U.S. 93 crash that killed 3 in Hyundai trial

Witness describes scene of U.S. 93 crash that killed 3 in Hyundai trial

POLSON – The subject of steering knuckles rarely came up Tuesday as testimony began in a trial in which a Missoula family accuses Hyundai of being at fault for a 2011 crash on U.S. Highway 93 that killed three people, including cousins Trevor and Tanner Olson.

April 30, 2014 6:52 am Photos

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Defense asks judge to acquit former nurse in phone sex case

Defense asks judge to acquit former nurse in phone sex case

BUTTE — After prosecutors finished their case against Tisha Ann Brunell Thursday, her attorneys asked the judge to acquit the former nurse on all charges.

March 20, 2014 3:12 pmLoading…

Trial begins in Great Falls baby shaking death

GREAT FALLS — A trial is underway in Great Falls in the case of a woman charged with shaking her 6-month-old daughter, causing fatal injuries.

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Supreme Court rules for Wyoming landowner in trail dispute

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Wyoming property owner in a dispute over a bicycle trail that follows the route of an abandoned railroad, a decision that could force the government to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate landowners.

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Hardin man changes mind in fatal stabbing, wants trial

Hardin man changes mind in fatal stabbing, wants trial

Hardin resident John Harold Holds III changed his mind about admitting he fatally stabbed a St. Xavier man last fall and told a federal judge Tuesday that he wants to go to trial on murder charges.

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Accused serial rapist's trial moved to April

Accused serial rapist's trial moved to April

The trial of accused serial rapist Toby Eugene Griego has been postponed until April.

January 07, 2014 4:19 pmLoading…
Bride told husband she had surprise for him on day of death

Bride told husband she had surprise for him on day of death

MISSOULA — Testimony resumed Wednesday morning in the Jordan Linn Graham murder trial, with the Flathead County deputy coroner saying he found neither a wedding ring nor car keys on the body of Graham's husband.

December 11, 2013 11:32 am Related Loading…
Murder trial opening statements

Murder trial opening statements

Lawyers make opening statements in Jeffery Todd Guy's murder trial.

February 06, 2013 3:52 pmLoading…
Helena double-homicide trial begins

Helena double-homicide trial begins

HELENA — More than 100 jurors packed a Helena courtroom Monday morning in the trial of Michelle Coller Gable, charged with the October 2011 shooting deaths of her estranged husband and another woman.

January 07, 2013 2:44 pmLoading…

Judge grants new trial in MPC worker's comp case because of juror misconduct

BUTTE — One juror’s misconduct has caused the verdict in a nearly month-long trial against the former Montana Power Co. to be thrown out and a new trial granted.

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