The state says the judge's instructions to the jury were accurate and appropriate.
The state also says it would be a miscarriage of justice to reduce Kaarma's conviction, saying it would ignore the overwhelming evidence that his actions were "premeditated, prompted by anger and desire for vengeance."
Kaarma is currently set to be sentenced on February 12 for the death of Diren Dede, who was killed in Kaarma's garage last April.
Kaarma's defense attorneys had previously asked Judge Ed McLean to consider a new trial - or change Kaarma's verdict of deliberate homicide to mitigated deliberate homicide, a lesser charge - saying that Kaarma's Sixth Amendment rights were violated, because he did not have a fair and impartial jury.
Missoula County Deputy Attorney Andrew Paul has countered Tuesday's motion by asking that the sentencing date change request be denied, stating that Dede's father, and his attorney, have already purchased plane tickets to return to Missoula for Kaarma's sentencing.
Judge McLean has not yet ruled on either motion.