Teen charged with conspiracy in burglaries before fatal shooting


MISSOULA, Mont. - A teen, who reportedly confessed to burglarizing a home in the weeks before a German exchange student was shot to death in the garage, was charged in Missoula County Justice Court.

Thursday bail was set at $10,000 for 18-year-old Tristan Staber. Prosecutors say he drove a car and served as a lookout while his 16-year-old friend "car hopped," checking for unlocked doors.

Last month Staber allegedly drove his friend to Deer Canyon Court, in Missoula's Grant Creek area, where the friend allegedly took wallets, a cell phone and marijuana from 29-year-old Markus Kaarma's vehicle and garage.

Prosecutors say Kaarma was so fed up with being burglarized he told a hairdresser he was sitting up waiting to catch some kids and shoot them.

In the early morning Sunday, April 27, German exchange student Diren Dede went into Kaarma's garage reportedly looking for something to drink. Kaarma claims he was scared for his life so he shot into a dark garage, killing Dede.

Charging documents say a caller turned Staber and his accomplice in to police after hearing Dede had been shot.

Staber is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and criminal trespass. His 16-year-old friend will be charged in youth court.

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