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Police officer says Elderts was killed by second of three gunshots

  • JAMM AQUINOCTY - Retired Honolulu Police Det. Theodore Coons describes the trajectory and distance of the bullet wound that purportedly hit Kollin Elderts in the chest during day 14 of the murder trial of Federal Agent Christopher Deedy in the courtroom of Judge Karen Ahn on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Circuit Court in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
    JAMM AQUINO
    CTY - Retired Honolulu Police Det. Theodore Coons describes the trajectory and distance of the bullet wound that purportedly hit Kollin Elderts in the chest during day 14 of the murder trial of Federal Agent Christopher Deedy in the courtroom of Judge Karen Ahn on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Circuit Court in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

A retired Honolulu police detective testified today that the Kollin Elderts was killed by the second of three gunshots fired by State Department special agent Christopher Deedy.

Theodore Coons testified that he believed it was the second shot that was fatal based on the circumstances that included Deedy’s shirt covered by Elderts’ blood. Coons said he didn’t think that much blood would have ended up on the agent if the third and final shot was the fatal one.

The defense contends that Elderts was killed by the third shot fired by the agent, who was trying to ward off an attack by Elderts.

Coons testified in the 14th day of Deedy’s trial on a charge of murdering Elderts the early morning of Nov. 5, 2011 at the McDonald’s Kuhio Avenue restaurant.

He is the final witness in the prosecution’s case before the defense starts putting on its case as early as Thursday.

Deedy, 29, of Arlington, Va., was here to provide security at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. The prosecution is alleging Deedy was fueled by alcohol and inexperience in shooting the unarmed Kailua resident, while the defense contends Deedy fired in self defense.

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