Neighbors detail baiting plot in teen's death

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 8:45 PM
Neighbors detail baiting plot in teen's death

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Neighbors of the Montana man who fatally shot a German exchange student testified that the man's girlfriend told them they planned to bait intruders to catch them in their garage.

Jessica Bracey says she spoke with Markus Kaarma's girlfriend, Janelle Pflager, days before the April 27 shooting. She says she is certain Pflager used the word "bait" to describe plans to catch burglars on the couple's property.

Bracey and other neighbors testified Tuesday as prosecutors attempt to show a trap had been set for anyone who tried to burglarize Kaarma's garage before he shot and killed 17-year-old Diren Dede in the garage.

Kaarma is charged with deliberate homicide in Dede's death. His attorneys say Montana law allowed him to use deadly force to defend his home.