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Trial date moved in shooting of exchange student

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 01 2014 08:44:05 AM MDT
Markus Kaarma 5-21
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The trial date for a Missoula man charged in the shooting death of a German exchange student has been moved up to December.
    
Last week, District Judge Ed McLean scheduled a Jan. 5 trial date for 24-year-old Markus Kaarma in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede. Dede was shot while he was in Kaarma's garage early on April 27. Kaarma has claimed self-defense.
    
Dede's defense attorneys had sought a December trial date and McLean said he would accommodate that request if a larger courtroom became available.
    
McLean said Monday Kaarma's trial would start on Dec. 1.
    
Court records indicate Dede was looking for alcohol in Kaarma's garage when he was shot.