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Markus Kaarma’s Motion for a Retrial Denied

Sentencing in the Markus Kaarma trial began with a hearing in which Judge Ed McLean heard arguments from the defense team that Kaarma's trial was inherently biased against him. Defense also argued that the charge against Markus Kaarma be lessened from Deliberate Homicide to Mitigated Homicide

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Markus Kaarma Defense Table
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Markus Kaarma Denied Bail After Being Convicted of Deliberate Homicide

District Judge Ed Mclean has denied bail for Markus Kaarma and he will not be released from jail while awaiting his Feb. 12 sentencing.

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Bail Hearing for Man Convicted of Shooting Exchange Student

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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Photo courtesy of KECI/NBC Montana
Photo courtesy of KECI/NBC Montana
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UPDATE – Markus Kaarma Speaks, Emotional Testimony from Diren Dede’s Parents [YouTube]

The day after Markus Kaarma was found guilty of deliberate homicide, three people who were silent throughout the trial were finally heard, including Kaarma himself.

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UPDATE – Markus Kaarma Found Guilty of Deliberate Homicide With Video Reaction [YouTube]

Markus Kaarma was found guilty of the deliberate homicide of German exchange student Diren Dede in Missoula on Wednesday afternoon.

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Suspect
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Stolen Gift Cards Detected at Missoula T.J. Maxx, Authorities Seeking Info on Suspect

A T.J. Maxx gift card may be the link between justice and a string of robberies that occurred over the summer near the Equestrian Park in Missoula.

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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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Newspaper-Weapon
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Man Used Newspaper to Rob Missoula Zip Trip of Beer and Cash, Suspect Captured

Missoula Police have captured a suspect in a robbery that occurred on Saturday, December 13 at a Zip Trip convenience store in Missoula. The criminal escaped the scene with an undisclosed amount of money and some beer.

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Kaarma Trial Police Interview
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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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