MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The girlfriend of a Montana man charged with killing a German exchange student in his garage held her face in her hands on the witness stand Friday as a 911 call she made the night of the shooting played that said the teen was bleeding from "everywhere."
During the call, Janelle Pflager also said 17-year-old Diren Dede was lying face down and "barely breathing" after Markus Kaarma shot him. She said Kaarma didn't help her as she tried to aid the mortally wounded high school student, who died a short time later at a Missoula hospital.
Dede's father, Celal Dede, grimaced while listening to the 911 recording and then whispered to attorneys that accompanied him and his wife.
Pflager's testimony came during the second day of Kaarma's deliberate homicide trial.
Kaarma is charged with baiting the victim into sneaking into his Missoula garage early April 27 and killing him with four shotgun blasts after being alerted by a motion detector.
Defense attorney Paul Ryan says Montana's "stand your ground" law allows homeowners to protect their residences with deadly force when they believe they are going to be harmed.
Kaarma didn't know whether the person inside the garage was armed, Ryan said. He said Kaarma felt targeted and increasingly anxious for the safety of Pflager and their infant son after the couple had been burglarized twice in the days leading up to the shooting.
Pflager said Thursday that she kept a baseball bat nearby while Kaarma moved a shotgun to the first floor of their home after the previous burglaries.
Testimony indicated Kaarma was upset and on edge at the time.
Michael McMillan, who works for a local lawn care company, came to the Kaarma house April 23 to spray for insects. While he was setting up, he said an angry Kaarma come out the front door naked, pointed a shotgun at him and asked what McMillan was doing there.
"I was scared, frozen," McMillan said.
He said Pflager started screaming at Kaarma to stop and he went back inside the house. McMillan said Pflager apologized and told him they were on edge due to burglaries. McMillan said he did not call police.
That same day, Kaarma went for a haircut, and three women from the shop testified Thursday that they heard him say he had been waiting up nights to shoot an intruder.
Jurors on Friday also heard audio tapes of Pflager's police interview after the shooting. She told officers that Dede had pleaded for his life, saying, "No, no, no, no, no, please!"
She testified that Dede did not say anything and that she was "rambling" to officers because she was traumatized.
"I did not hear those words," she said. "I wish I said those words."