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‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense Fails in Montana Murder Trial

Convicted of deliberate homicide, Marcus Kaarma awaits sentencing.

As reported in the Associated Press on Yahoo News, the “Stand Your Ground” Castle Doctrine has failed the defense team of Marcus Kaarma.

The Associated Press reports Mr. Kaarma was convicted of deliberate homicide to a 17-year-old German exchange student named Diren Dede. Kaarma intended to bait an intruder with his garage door partially open and a purse inside, prosecutors said. A motion detector alerted him to Dede’s arrival, and he took a shotgun outside and fired four shots into the garage.

Dede was hit twice, and died after the final shot hit him in the head.

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The Castle Doctrine defense was used in the case by the defendant, but it failed. The Castle Doctrine is valid in more that 30 U.S. states, to allow one to defend their own home.

Marcus Kaarma faces up to 10 years in prison and his sentencing date is Feb.11, 2014.

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense Fails in Montana Murder Trial