Detectives request blood sample, say Kaarma may have been impaired


MISSOULA, Mont. - Detectives say they have reason to believe a Missoula man accused of shooting and killing a German exchange student may have been impaired.

According to a search warrant filed in Missoula County District Court, Missoula Police Detective Dean Chrestenson asked for a blood sample shortly after Kaarma was arrested on April 27.

Kaarma is accused of shooting Diren Dede after Dede entered his open garage early in the morning.

The warrant says during their investigation police found a jar of marijuana in Kaarma's kitchen. The warrant also says a neighbor told detectives Kaarma's wife told her Kaarma smokes marijuana in the garage, and that suspects in a previous burglary took all the marijuana and pipes out of the garage.

A judge signed off on that warrant and a blood sample was taken from Kaarma before he left the Missoula County Detention Center on bail last Monday.

That blood sample will be processed by the state crime lab.

Click here to read the warrant.

A second search warrant was also filed so police could collect shotgun shells, ammunition, and any evidence that could include DNA.

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