Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hawaii: Update--Christopher Deedy Re-Trial

According to http://www.khon2.com, a former US Marine who was in the Waikiki McDonald’s the night federal agent Christopher Deedy shot and killed Kollin Elderts took the stand on Wednesday (July 23).

Alexander Byrd stated that he observed Deedy and Elderts that led to an altercation and deadly shooting, and even demonstrated it in court.

Byrd said he watched Deedy and Elderts scuffle for five to six seconds, and said he never knew Deedy was a law enforcement officer.

“He didn’t look professional in any way. He didn’t look like somebody who would be enforcing any law. He just looked like a drunk tourist,” Byrd said.

Defense attorney Thomas Otake pointed out several inconsistencies in Byrd’s previous testimony to what he said on Wednesday.

“(I) knocked over the toy display and I just grabbed the female I was with and just ran out."

That’s what you said right, to the grand jury?” Otake said.

“Yes,” Byrd said.

“Was the toy display knocked over?” Otake asked.

“No,” Byrd said.

“Did you run out of there with a female?” Otake asked.

“No,” Byrd said.

Otake also pointed out that Byrd did not stay to give a statement to police.

COMMENT: The trial resumes on Thursday (July 24).