A teenager who was through a German exchange student the night he to be fatally shoot in a Montana garage testified in ~ the homeowner's killing trial Tuesday.

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Teammates, friends and also relatives conference to remember Diren Dede at his football club, SC Teutonia 1910, ~ above April 30, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. Getty Images
MISSOULA, Mont. — A teenager that was through a German exchange student the night he was fatally shot in a Montana garage testified at the homeowner"s murder trial Tuesday the his friend assumed burglarizing garages to be a game and didn"t understand he could get shot.

"I didn"t like it, but we never ever knew the if you went in a garage the someone could, like, shooting you," Robby Pazmino said of the practice recognized as "garage hopping."


Pazmino, 19, of Quito, Ecuador, told jurors the he and also Diren Dede, 17, came to be fast friend after lock met together exchange college student in Missoula. They had been affiliated in garage-hopping on various other occasions and also many students at their high institution were doing it, Pazmino said. When the pair went because that a walk late April 26, they i found it Markus Kaarma"s garage door partially open. Pazmino claimed they didn"t comment on burglarizing garages the night, but he asked Dede if he to be "going there."

Dede didn"t respond, therefore Pazmino claimed he walked down the street and also waited.

Pazmino testified the he started running after ~ hearing the an initial shot, jumping a few fences to get earlier to the home of Diren"s host family. He claimed he didn"t speak to 911 since he didn"t think a person would have actually been shot.

Pazmino"s testimony came as prosecutors seek to portray defendant Kaarma together unstable and intent top top harming anyone that tried come burglarize his garage prior to he shot and killed Dede at an early stage April 27.


Previous witnesses testified that Kaarma was on edge indigenous previous burglaries, and also prosecutors have actually said the he fired a pump-action shotgun 4 times into the garage — pausing between the third and 4th shots.


Kaarma"s attorneys insist he feared for his life and didn"t know if the intruder to be armed. They controversy Montana"s "stand her ground" law allowed Kaarma to usage deadly force to protect his home.

Several of Kaarma"s neighbors testified Tuesday that they heard four gunshots that morning through the pause. Two neighbors said castle were certain in conversations v Kaarma"s girlfriend, Janelle Pflager, that she said they planned come bait the burglars into coming earlier into their garage.

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One that them, Robin Rosenquist, claimed Pflager spoke through her around a burglar in the days before the shooting, saying she was going come buy a baby video monitor to put in the garage in situation intruders came back. Rosenquist said she asked Pflager if she assumed they would really return.


Markus Kaarma waits to be dismissed during an afternoon rest in Missoula county Court in Missoula, Montana December 5, 2014. Markus Kaarma, 30, is charged through deliberate homicide in the death of 17-year-old Diren Dede the Hamburg, Germany, whom authorities said was slain while supposedly scavenging garages for alcohol in the defendant's Missoula neighborhood.ARTHUR MOURATIDIS / Reuters

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