Montana

Apr 28, 2014 6:40 PM by MTN News

Prosecutors say Missoula homeowners baited burglar before fatal gunfire

MISSOULA - Charging documents filed Monday allege a Missoula homeowner and his common-law wife baited a 17-year-old exchange student with a purse before shooting him in the head with a shotgun.

Markus Hendrik Kaarma, 29, made his initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday. He is charged with deliberate homicide.

According to the charging affidavit, Kaarma's home on Deer Canyon Court had recently been broken into twice, so he had security equipment installed.

The documents state when he was alerted to an intruder in his garage early Sunday morning, he went outside with a shotgun.

Kaarma yelled into the garage, and his common-law-wife, Janelle Pflager, said someone responded either "hey" or "wait."

Soon after, Kaarma fired four shots into the dark garage in a sweeping motion.

Diren Dede, a junior at Big Sky High School, was hit in the head and arm. He died a short time later at the hospital.

Kaarma told investigators he feared for his life.

But according to the charging document, Pflager said she placed a purse with personal belongings she had cataloged in the garage so the burglars would take it.

She also left the garage door open.

In addition, the document states Kaarma told a hair stylist earlier that he had been waiting up to three nights to "shoot some 'bleeping' kid."

Earlier Monday, Missoula school officials confirmed the 17-year-old who was shot and killed during the incident was a foreign exchange student from Germany.

Missoula County Public School officials identified the teenager and said he was an exchange student form Hamburg, Germany. He was attending classes as a Junior at Big Sky High School.

"This situation is tragic and we are all pulling together to support the students, staff and families of Big Sky High School," said Alex Apostle, Superintendent of Missoula Public Schools.

"I met with our administrative team on Sunday morning and we enacted our crisis teams at Big Sky High School right away. We are thankful for the support from NCBI, St. Patrick's Hospital, local law enforcement and the University of Montana as we make sure that we support the Dede family and all of the families at Big Sky High School," Apostle said.

School officials are organizing grief support for the victim's classmates.

Click this link to read the charging documents, which contain some profanity: http://www1.kpax.com/files/jpcopier@co.missoula.mt.us_20140428_152924.pdf

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