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State Rep. Tries To Repeal Castle Doctrine

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Marcus Kaarma was charged with deliberate homicide, in the death of 17-year-old Dire Dede. Kaarma's attorneys said, under the Castle Doctrine he had a right to shoot the intruder. The law has let shooters in previous home invasions off the hook with no charges, and now one state representative is trying to put an end to the law.

State Representative Ellie Hill entered a draft on Monday, for a law repealing the Castle Doctrine. She said Sunday's shooting is the perfect example of why she calls the law unnecessary and dangerous.

Attorney Paul Ryan said Kaarma felt he had no choice but to shoot the intruder who entered the garage of his Grant Creek home midnight on Sunday.

"When you have a small child and wife, and not only them but yourself that you have to protect, sometimes hard decisions have to be made," Ryan said.

Kaarma is charged with deliberate homicide, but Ryan said under the Castle Doctrine he had a right to shoot the intruder 17-year-old Diren Dede to protect his family. It is not known why Dede entered the garage, and he was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

"It's not whether he was wrong or right. It's the circumstances at the time of what he had been dealing with, that's why its important to know there was two robberies beforehand," Ryan said.

Under the Castle Doctrine a person may be found innocent if they used lethal force in self-defense in a criminal situation.

"There's tons of examples all over country where people have senselessly loss their lives for being little more than a tricker treater, or someone who enters a garage," said State Representative Ellie Hill.

As a new mother, Hill has a family of her own to protect. Still, she has a different opinion about about the shooting.

"The burden should be on the homeowner to show why he used lethal force. I'm appalled and I'm disgusted by what's occurred," Hill said.

 She submitted a bill draft repealing the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground Laws.

"These have created a dangerous situation. It's shoot first, ask questions later, and we saw that last night," Hill said.

Hill's bill draft will be introduced in the January legislative session.

Kaarma will be back in court in May. Ryan said Kaarma will enter a not guilty plea, and is ready to fight the charges against him.

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