Police: Montana Man Laid Trap, Killed Teen
Victim was German exchange student Diren Dede, 17
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2014 8:50 AM CDT
A Montana man is accused of shooting a teen after setting up a trap in his garage (not pictured here).   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Montana couple frustrated by recent thefts allegedly set a trap for potential burglars—and upon hearing a would-be intruder after midnight on Sunday, the husband fired four shots into the darkness, he says. Now, Markus Kaarma of Missoula has been charged in the death of German exchange student Diren Dede, 17, who was hit by bullets in the head and arm, the AP reports. The couple had set up sensors and cameras around their garage, whose door they left open; Kaarma's wife, Janelle Pflager, left her purse there "so they would take it," she said, per court documents. She reportedly told police the couple had been robbed twice in three weeks.

Documents say Kaarma, 29, told a hairstylist last Wednesday that he'd been waiting three days for another burglary, shotgun at the ready, the Washington Post reports. "I’m just waiting to shoot some [obscenity] kid," he allegedly told the stylist at Great Clips, which ended up calling police over his profane language and unruly behavior, Raw Story reports. Kaarma was yesterday charged with one count of felony deliberate homicide; it's unclear why Diren was in the garage. Billings, Mont., saw a similar shooting hours before Missoula's: A homeowner shot a seminary student described as a "house guest" who was making a call in the garage. The student is expected to survive.

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May 27, 2014 9:42 AM CDT
This is exactly the kind of person that new gun laws should be addressed to and enacted all across the country. This nutcase should never be allowed around children or young people. Can you just imagine what kind of influence these people could have on others? Thank God for the ACA, they can get the mental healthcare help they need!
True news
May 22, 2014 4:34 PM CDT
seems reasonable to see if Diren had the pot and pipe stolen or other items from previous burglary at his home. Pretty simple police work.
May 19, 2014 9:40 AM CDT
it sounds like there was enough Kaarma to go around