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Montana man convicted in exchange student's death

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Markus Kaarma was found guilty Wednesday in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede Markus Kaarma was found guilty Wednesday in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede
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A Montana jury has convicted a man of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of a German high school exchange student who trespassed inside the man's garage.

Markus Kaarma was found guilty Wednesday in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede.

Kaarma's lawyers argued he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors maintained that after a previous burglary, Kaarma was intent on harming an intruder when he shot the unarmed teen April 27.

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