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A recent transplant to Missoula from New York City. People always think I must be having serious culture shock, but when it all comes down to it this is exactly the change I was looking for. New York will always be in my blood, but I am proud to call Montana my home.
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UPDATE – Closing Arguments in the Markus Kaarma Trial [YouTube]

Closing arguments began on the eighth day of the Markus Kaarma trial in Missoula. Prosecution focused on proving that Kaarma had intent to kill any potential burglars in his house based on his actions in the days leading up to the fatal shooting of Diren Dede. Defense emphasized that jurors must have absolutely no doubt in order to find Kaarma guilty.

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Defense Rests in Markus Kaarma Case [YouTube]

The defense rested this morning in the trial of Markus Kaarma with testimony from Dr. Douglas Johnson, a forensic consultant specializing in responses to stress. Defense also showed the jury video of Kaarma in the police station before his formal interview and after he was formally charged with deliberate homicide in the shooting death of German exchange student Diren Dede.

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Photo courtesy of Greg Baird/TSM
Photo courtesy of Greg Baird/TSM
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Defense Accuses Missoula Police of Failures in Markus Kaarma Investigation

The defense presented its first witness on the sixth day of the trial of Markus Kaarma, who has been accused of deliberate homicide in the fatal shooting of Diren Dede, a German foreign exchange student who entered Kaarma's garage on the night of April 27, 2014. He was there to testify to failures on the part of the Missoula Police Department in their investigation of the shooting, but ended up defending the validity of his Phd during cross examination.

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Photo courtesy of Peter Christian/TSM
Photo courtesy of Peter Christian/TSM
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Diren Dede’s Host Family Gives Emotional Testimony in Markus Kaarma Trial

Randy Smith, who hosted German exchange student Diren Dede along with his wife Kate Walker, took the stand to give emotional testimony about his time with Diren and the events of the fateful night Diren was fatally shot in Markus Kaarma's garage.

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Photo courtesy of KECI/NBC Montana
Photo courtesy of KECI/NBC Montana
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Detective Testifies to Discrepancies in Initial Statements from Markus Kaarma

Detective Richard Dean Chrestenson, who led interviews with Markus Kaarma, Janelle Pflager, and Robby Pazmino (the teen who was with Diren Dede), testified today about discrepancies in Kaarma's initial statement that led to him being charged with Dede's murder. Kaarma had claimed self defense. Debate over whether or not Dede had a light source in the garage also took center stage.

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Photo courtesy of Greg Baird/TSM
Photo courtesy of Greg Baird/TSM
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Neighbor Told Janelle Pflager About Stand Your Ground Defense Days Before Shooting

The man who lived next door to Markus Kaarma and Janelle Pflager on the night of the shooting testified that Janelle Pflager asked him about Montana gun laws on or about April 22, leading to a brief discussion of the Stand Your Ground defense. Five days later, Markus Kaarma fatally shot German exchange student Diren Dede, who was trespassing in his garage.

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Photos courtesy of Greg Baird/TSM
Photos courtesy of Greg Baird/TSM
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Neighbors Describe Kaarma’s Behavior Before the Shooting, Accusations of Baiting

Following testimony of Robby Pazmino, the state brought out a series of neighbors to describe not only what they heard in the early hours of April 27, but what they heard from Markus Kaarma and Janelle Pflager in the weeks leading up to the shooting.

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