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Tentative Trial Date Set for Marcus Kaarma

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A Missoula District Court judge orders the defense attorney for a man accused of murdering a teenager to quit "playing to the public."

The order came during an omnibus hearing for Markus Kaarma, the man accused of shooting and killing a German foreign exchange student in his garage in April.

Judge Ed McLean's order came after Kaarma's attorney, Paul Ryan, announced plans to broadcast the Thursday World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany at a very public venue.

"I don't want any playing to the public, we've got serious business at hand," McLean said.

McLean quickly put an end to a plan to broadcast the soccer match between the home countries of the defendant and deceased in a deliberate homicide case.

Ryan had recently announced his plan to broadcast the U.S.-Germany match in Caras Park.

"It's not the time to run a public relations campaign, so knock it off," McLean added.

Kaarma faces a deliberate homicide charge for the shooting death of 17-year-old Diren Dede, a German foreign exchange student who was attending Big Sky High School and was a talented soccer player.

The defense team also requested access to Dede's cell phone because the state had refused to obtain a search warrant to examine its contents.

McLean ordered the state either review the cell phone's contents or hand it over to the defense.

McLean also approved a request for Kaarma to be allowed to travel throughout Montana and the state of Washington as long as he informs the state the dates he will be leaving Missoula County.

McLean set a tentative trial date for January 5, but if a larger courtroom is open in December, the trial may be rescheduled for an earlier date.>

Court documents filed on Friday show the defense plans to call on 68 witnesses to support the defense of justifiable use of force.

Those witnesses include a firearms criminalist and a clinical psychologist and dozens of Missoula Police Officers.

Investigators said Dede was apparently searching for alcohol in Kaarma's garage before he was shot on April 27.

Documents also show Kaarma and his wife, Janelle Pflager, were attempting to lure burglars into the garage after it was burglarized in the weeks before the night of the shooting.


A tentative trial date is set for the man accused of shooting and killing a German foreign exchange student in April.

Markus Kaarma appeared for an omnibus hearing in Missoula District Court Wednesday morning.

Kaarma faces a deliberate homicide charge for the shooting death of 17-year-old Diren Dede.

Judge Ed McLean set a tentative trial date for January 5, but if a larger courtroom is open in December, the trial may be rescheduled for an earlier date.

Judge McLean also told Kaarma's attorney Paul Ryan to not host a public viewing of the USA-Germany World Cup match in Caras Park as Ryan had planned on doing.

McLean said this was not a time to run "a public relations campaign" and Ryan should "knock it off."

The defense team also requested access to Dede's cell phone because the state had refused to obtain a search warrant to examine its contents.

McLean ordered the state either review the cell phone's contents or hand it over to the defense.
McLean also approved a request for Kaarma to be allowed to travel throughout Montana and the state of Washington as long as he informs the state the dates he will be leaving Missoula County.



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