The defense and prosecution are expected to give final arguments in a Montana courtroom this morning and then a judge will charge a jury with determining whether a Missoula man deliberately shot a German exchange student in his garage.
Diren Dede, a German teen who had been attending a Montana high school as part of a foreign exchange program, was killed April 27
when a Missoula homeowner fired four shotgun blasts into his garage. Dede had entered the garage searching for alcohol to steal. The homeowner, Markus Kaarma, faces a charge of deliberate homicide. The father of the victim criticized Kaarma for being part of a "cowboy culture."
Kaarma's attorney says his client was frightened for his family after two burglaries in his neighborhood. But prosecutors called a parade of neighbors who testified that Kaarma's girlfriend had laid a trap to catch a would-be burglar. But perhaps the most compelling testimony came from a law enforcement official who said Kaarma took three shots at the victim, paused and adjusted his aim and made a fourth shot.
Kaarma insisted that the victim was a felon for breaking into his garage, while his defense called six witnesses over two days. In all, the trail has lasted for more than two weeks.
ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB