Man found guilty of killing intruder despite ‘stand your ground law’By Mason White 10:38 AM December 19, 2014
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A man is facing 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of killing a teenager who broke into his home.
Markus Kaarma, 30, of Montana, shot and killed a German exchange student after he walked into his garage.
Now, Kaarma was convicted of murder despite arguing that he had the right to do so under the “stand your ground law,” which allows the use lethal force to protect a home or family.
Prosecutors said that Kaarma left his garage door open to lure intruders into his home with the intent of murder.
The court heard that 17-year-old Diren Dede of Hamburg, Germany, was with a friend when they spotted an open garage door and a purse laying on the floor.
Dede and his friend went inside the garage, and were immediately confronted and shot by Kaarma. The friend managed to escape, but Dede was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three witnesses testified that they heard Kaarma say that his home had been burglarized before and that he stayed up all night to shoot the intruder.
Kaarma and his wife were alerted to an intruder by motion sensors. Witnesses said that Kaarma fired four shots, which hit Dede. Dede was not armed.
Attorney’s for the suspect argued that Kaarma feared for his life, and he did not know if the intruder was armed. They said that Kaarma’s actions were justifiable because he feared for the safety of his family.
However, University of Montana law professor Andrew King-Ries said that state law does not allow owners to use lethal force to protect their property, but requires them to act reasonably.
Kaarma’s attorneys said they will appeal the ruling.
In the video below, Gulcin and Celal Dede, the parents of the 17-year-old victim, can be seen hugging and rejoicing over the guilty verdict.