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Deliberation Begins in the Trial of Markus Kaarma

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By LISA BAUMANN
Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana jury is beginning deliberations in the trial of a Missoula man who shot and killed a German exchange student the man found trespassing in his garage.

Thirty-year-old Markus Kaarma is charged with deliberate homicide in the April 27 shooting of Diren Dede.

The case is seen as a test of Montana's "stand your ground" law, which allows the use of force by a person who has a reasonable fear of harm to himself or his property.

The 17-year-old Dede was unarmed when he entered Kaarma's darkened garage. His death caused outrage in Germany.

Prosecutors say Kaarma intended to harm someone after a series of neighborhood burglaries. Kaarma left his garage door open that night and witnesses testified he was trying to lure someone into his property. Kaarma insists he was protecting his family.

If convicted, Kaarma would face at least 10 years in prison.

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