Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hawaii: Opening Statements in Deedy 2nd Degree Murder Trial to Begin July 1

According to  The Honolulu Civil Beat, a jury has been selected for the second-degree murder trial of US Department of State special agent Christopher Deedy, 30, who has been charged in the November 2011, death of Kollin Elderts, 23, of Kailua, which is within the boundaries of Honolulu County.

The Honolulu prosecutor's office reports that nine men and three women have been selected as jurors.  The alternates include two men and two women.

Opening statements will be heard on July 1.  The trial is expected to run for several weeks.

COMMENT: At the time of the shooting, Deedy was temporarily assigned to providing protection for foreign dignitaries attending the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

The shooting, which occurred in a Waikiki MacDonald's franchise, reportedly was preceded by Deedy spending the night bar-hopping before going into the MacDonald's restaurant, at 0300 hours, where an argument between Deedy and Elderts ensued, resulting in Elderts' death at Deedy's hand.

Deedy was armed with his Bureau of Diplomatic Security-issued semi-auto handgun; Elderts was apparently unarmed.

Defense counsel has reportedly been unsuccessful in transferring the case to Federal jurisdiction.