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Exchange student murder: Kaarma asks for release pending sentencing

Exchange student murder: Kaarma asks for release pending sentencing

MISSOULA — A bail hearing is set for a western Montana man convicted of killing a 17-year-old German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage.

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Kaarma prosecutors: No evidence partner 'colluded, facilitated'

Kaarma prosecutors: No evidence partner 'colluded, facilitated'

MISSOULA — Janelle Pflager, the partner of the Missoula man who was convicted of murdering a teenage exchange student this week, will not face charges.

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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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Jury deliberations begin in exchange student shooting trial

Jury deliberations begin in exchange student shooting trial

MISSOULA — A jury of four men and eight women have been sent to determine the fate of Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of killing an unarmed German teenager, Diren Dede, in his garage last April.

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Jury begins deliberations in Markus Kaarma murder trial

Jury begins deliberations in Markus Kaarma murder trial

MISSOULA — A jury of four men and eight women have been sent to determine the fate of Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of killing an unarmed German teenager, Diren Dede, in his garage last April.

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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.

December 12, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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Kaarma's jailhouse phone call: 'There are no other murderers in here'

Kaarma's jailhouse phone call: 'There are no other murderers in here'

MISSOULA — Markus Kaarma saw a German teenager in his garage before he fired the shots that killed Diren Dede, according to a recorded phone call Kaarma later made to his partner from the Missoula County jail.

December 11, 2014 11:49 am Photos

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Ecuadorian student: Lots of Missoula teens were 'garage-hopping,' but no one expected to die

Ecuadorian student: Lots of Missoula teens were 'garage-hopping,' but no one expected to die

MISSOULA — The trial of the Missoula man accused of murdering a German exchange student resumed Tuesday morning with the testimony of Robby Pazmino, the Ecuadorian student who was with Diren Dede the night he died.

December 09, 2014 1:50 pm Video Photos

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State medical examiner: Dede was moving away from door when fatally shot

State medical examiner: Dede was moving away from door when fatally shot

German exchange student Diren Dede was mortally wounded as he moved away from a door between the garage and kitchen at Markus Kaarma's Grant Creek home, the state medical examiner testified Monday.

December 09, 2014 7:30 am Video Photos

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jury seated for Missoula murder trial; opening arguments Thursday

Jury seated for Missoula murder trial; opening arguments Thursday

MISSOULA — Attorneys have selected a jury of 8 women and 4 men for the deliberate homicide trial of Markus Kaarma.

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Jury selection finished in Kaarma trial; individuals to be announced Tuesday

Jury selection finished in Kaarma trial; individuals to be announced Tuesday

MISSOULA — Defense attorneys and prosecutors finished questioning potential jurors Monday afternoon in the trial of Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of murdering a German exchange student in his Grant Creek garage.

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Same-sex couples face continued obstacles in Montana

Same-sex couples face continued obstacles in Montana

Same-sex couples can legally marry in Montana, following a historic ruling this month by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, but what obstacles remain to full equality for their families?

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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.

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Missoula police investigating weekend rape allegation

Missoula police are investigating an alleged rape that occurred at a weekend party.

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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…

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New program designed to limit underage drinking in Montana

Nearly 50 percent of Montana’s high school seniors consumed alcohol within the previous 30 days, by one study’s estimate.

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Missoula man who forced girlfriend to cut off tattoo back in jail

Missoula man who forced girlfriend to cut off tattoo back in jail

MISSOULA — Not even a month after he was given three years probation for beating his girlfriend and forcing her to cut a tattoo of his name off her chest, Joey Rene Gallegos is back in Missoula County jail for allegedly violating his probation.

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Missoula man who fatally shot 'garage-hopping' teen has criminal past

Missoula man who fatally shot 'garage-hopping' teen has criminal past

MISSOULA — The man accused of fatally shooting a German exchange student in the garage of his Grant Creek home last April has a criminal record, both in Missoula and in Seattle.

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Sheriff releases name of Missoula jail inmate who died after fall

Sheriff releases name of Missoula jail inmate who died after fall

MISSOULA — The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the inmate who died last week after falling from a second-story railing in a Missoula County jail pod.

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Prosecutors want more time for response to Kalispell bride's appeal of murder conviction

Prosecutors want more time for response to Kalispell bride's appeal of murder conviction

MISSOULA — Prosecutors are asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for more time to respond to a Kalispell bride’s appeal of her second-degree murder conviction.

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Missoula woman's brutal attack, recovery featured on NBC's 'Dateline'

Missoula woman's brutal attack, recovery featured on NBC's 'Dateline'

MISSOULA — When Missoula native Karen Lange belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the time-honored Pendleton Roundup in September, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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Reviewer: Missoula police make 'exceptional effort' to meet rape response mandates

Reviewer: Missoula police make 'exceptional effort' to meet rape response mandates

MISSOULA — More rape victims appear to be willing to work with the Missoula Police Department on their investigations since the city signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve its response to sexual assaults, according to a report submitted Thursday to the city.

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Coroner's inquest panel deliberates on strip-club shooting death

Coroner's inquest panel deliberates on strip-club shooting death

MISSOULA — A coroner's inquest jury is deliberating whether to file charges against Michael Gordon, who fatally shot an unarmed Louisiana man in the parking lot of a Missoula strip club on Labor Day.

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No changes at Missoula County jail, despite inmate's 2009 death

MISSOULA — There have been no changes in policy and no one has been disciplined or fired at the Missoula County jail, despite the 2009 death of Heather Holly Wasson, who died in a seizure brought on by alcohol withdrawal about 36 hours after she was jailed for a probation violation.

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Missoula man accused of brutally raping friend

MISSOULA — The Missoula County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Missoula man accused of brutally raping a friend last April.

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No jail time for man who pepper-sprayed woman, dog

No jail time for man who pepper-sprayed woman, dog

MISSOULA — His victim spent five hours in the emergency room, suffered chemical burns on her eyes, and now experiences anxiety every time she smells chili powder.

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Girlfriend of Missoula hash oil explosion suspect charged

Girlfriend of Missoula hash oil explosion suspect charged

MISSOULA — The girlfriend of a Missoula man who is accused of causing an explosion while trying to make hash oil in a University of Montana apartment earlier this month has been arrested and is facing felony charges.

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Transient accused of Missoula murder held on six-figure bail

Transient accused of Missoula murder held on six-figure bail

MISSOULA — Several months after he allegedly murdered a local homeless man, transient Kevin Joseph Lino has been brought back to Missoula and is being held in the Missoula County jail pending $250,000 bail.

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Transient accused of murder under bridge returns to Missoula

Transient accused of murder under bridge returns to Missoula

MISSOULA — Kevin Lino, who is accused of murdering a local homeless man in July, was booked into the Missoula County jail Wednesday morning and is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Justice Court on Thursday afternoon.

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Montana man jailed after alleged threats to ex-partner, dog

MISSOULA — A Missoula man is facing several felony charges after allegedly threatening his former partner and her dog with a butcher knife in an attempt to win her back.

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Missoula District Court: Registered sex offender denies new count of child sexual abuse

Missoula District Court: Registered sex offender denies new count of child sexual abuse

MISSOULA — A registered sex offender who prosecutors say solicited sex online from a teenage boy, denied a felony sex charge Thursday in Missoula District Court.

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Coroner's inquest set for Nov. 3 in Missoula strip club shooting

Coroner's inquest set for Nov. 3 in Missoula strip club shooting

MISSOULA — The Missoula County attorney has set a date for the coroner’s inquest that will determine if charges are filed against Michael Gordon, the 27-year-old Missoula man who fatally shot another man in the Fox Club parking lot on Sept. 1.

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Man gets 34 months in prison for threat to bomb Billings, Missoula courthouses

Man gets 34 months in prison for threat to bomb Billings, Missoula courthouses

MISSOULA — A Montana man who threatened to bomb the Missoula and Billings federal courthouses over a $692 debt will spend the next 34 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

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Woman who drove getaway car after Missoula cop's shooting gets deferred sentence

Woman who drove getaway car after Missoula cop's shooting gets deferred sentence

MISSOULA — The Missoula woman who played a minor role in a drug rip that left an undercover police officer and another defendant wounded last November will not spend any more time in jail.

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Rachelle Jo Kolden

Rachelle Jo Kolden

Rachelle Jo Kolden appears in Missoula County District Court on Tuesday.

October 15, 2014 10:15 am
UM explosion suspect previously injured making hash oil

UM explosion suspect previously injured making hash oil

MISSOULA — The Missoula man who allegedly caused an explosion at a university apartment Sunday afternoon in an attempt to extract hash oil from marijuana will remain in Missoula County jail pending $50,000 bail.

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Bail set at $50K for man charged in Missoula drug explosion

Bail set at $50K for man charged in Missoula drug explosion

MISSOULA — A Missoula man arrested after a drug-related explosion in a University of Montana-owned apartment faces five felony charges.

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Woman who drove getaway car after Missoula cop's shooting gets deferred sentence

Woman who drove getaway car after Missoula cop's shooting gets deferred sentence

MISSOULA — The Missoula woman who played a “minor role” in a drug rip that left an undercover police officer and another defendant wounded last November will not spend any more time in jail.

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UM explosion suspect's Facebook page reveals marijuana business

UM explosion suspect's Facebook page reveals marijuana business

MISSOULA — Missoula police on Monday released the name of the man involved in an explosion at a two-story University of Montana student housing complex Sunday afternoon, and his Facebook page revealed a brisk marijuana business.

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