Police officers who found a German high school exchange student wounded but still alive after being shot by a Grant Creek man are set to resume testifying Monday in the man's murder trial in Missoula.
Markus Kaarma, 30, is charged with baiting 17-year-old Diren Dede into sneaking into Kaarma's darkened garage early April 27 and killing him with four shotgun blasts. Kaarma insists he feared for his life and didn't know if the intruder was armed.
Testimony by prosecution witnesses last week suggested Kaarma was on edge at the time and exhibited erratic behavior due to recent burglaries of his and other Missoula homes.
A lawn care worker testified Friday that Kaarma pointed a shotgun at him four days before Dede's shooting. Michael McMillan said when he came to Kaarma's home April 23 to spray for insects, an angry Kaarma came to the front door naked, pointed a shotgun at him and asked what he was doing there.
"I was scared, frozen," McMillan said.
Three women who work at a hair care shop testified that they heard Kaarma say that same day that he had been waiting up nights to shoot an intruder. A college student at the shop said he also overheard Kaarma talk about shooting burglars but told defense attorneys he didn't believe Kaarma would actually shoot anyone.
Kaarma shot and killed Dede after being alerted by a motion detector in his garage, which was left partially open with a purse deliberately placed inside. Defense attorneys argue Montana's "stand your ground" law allows people to use deadly force when they believe they are going to be harmed.
Kaarma's girlfriend, Janelle Pflager, said in a 911 call played for jurors Friday that Dede was lying face down and "barely breathing" after Kaarma shot him. She said Kaarma did not help her as she tried to aid the mortally wounded student, who died a short time later at a Missoula hospital.
Jurors also heard audio tapes of Pflager talking with police after the shooting. She told officers that Dede had pleaded for his life, saying, "No, no, no, no, please!"
Missoula police officer Jacob Jones said he was among the first to arrive and said he asked Kaarma who shot the victim, to which Kaarma replied, "me."
Trial is scheduled to continue through Dec. 19.