Prosecutors file lengthy affidavit in Kaarma case


Prosecutors file lengthy affidavit in Kaarma case

MISSOULA, Mont. - Prosecutors are revealing new details in their case against man accused of shooting foreign exchange student.

A 19-page affidavit and motion for leave to file information was filed in Missoula County District Court Monday afternoon.

Markus Kaarma, 29, is charged with deliberate homicide in the shooting death of German exchange student Diren Dede, 17, in the early hours of April 27.

Kaarma told police he found an intruder in his garage after an alarm went off. Dede was shot and later died of his injuries.

In the new court documents prosecutors say Kaarma was unusually calm when asked if he had shot Dede, and that Kaarma admitted he could not see into the garage when he fired into it.

Investigators claim Kaarma told them his shotgun was loaded and kept inside his house, but he had not chambered a round when he grabbed it to confront Dede.

Missoula police told us Kaarma had reported one burglary prior to the shooting. The charging document indicates burglars hit the Kaarma house twice but only one case was reported. 

Prosecutors say two other teens, one 16-years-old and the other 18-years-old, are suspected in that burglary.

The new documents also detail the days leading up to the shooting. A hair dresser told police Kaarma told her he had been waiting up to shoot kids, that he wanted to kill them, and that he would be on the news.

Police also interviewed two residents who claim they got into altercations with Kaarma the day before the shooting, while driving in the neighborhood. One resident described Kaarma as potentially under the influence of drugs or alcohol and angry.

Kaarma posted $30,000 bond and got out of jail the day after he was arrested. We learned today prosecutors plan to ask for an increase in his bail at his arraignment.

The defense team says Kaarma plans to plead not guilty and use the Castle Doctrine as his defense.

An arraignment date has not been set. The defense team has asked for a new judge; Missoula County District Court Judge John Larson has currently been assigned the case.

Click here to read the affidavit.

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