Man charged with shooting gets death threats

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 9:07 PM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The attorney for a Montana man charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old exchange student in his garage says the man is afraid to leave his home after receiving death threats.

Markus Kaarma posted a $30,000 bond on a charge of deliberate homicide in the death of Diren Dede of Hamburg, Germany.

Attorney Paul Ryan said Tuesday that Kaarma, his partner Janelle Pflager and their 10-month-old baby are now captives in their own home after receiving the threats.

Prosecutors allege Kaarma fired a shotgun into the garage four times after Dede tripped sensors outside. Dede was struck in the head and arm.

Sunday's shooting has reignited debate over a Montana law that gives a person the right use force to protect his or her own home from a threat.

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