POSTED: 9:17 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 6:27 p.m. HST, Nov 17, 2011
The 27-year-old State Department special agent accused of killing a 23-year-old Kailua man following an early morning argument in Waikiki appeared in District Court this morning, accompanied by his wife and defense attorney Brook Hart.
Christopher Deedy, dressed in dark business suit and light blue tie, did not speak during his brief appearance nor did he talk to reporters afterward.
He and his wife, Stephanie, sat in the second row of the seventh-floor courtroom with his bail bondsman during the hearing.
Deedy’s appearance was scheduled after he was released on $250,000 bail following his arrest Nov. 5, on the eve of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings.
Hart told Judge Dean Ochiai that District Court no longer has jurisdiction after his client’s indictment, since Deedy is supposed to appear for an arraignment Monday morning in Circuit Court.
But, Hart said Deedy appeared this morning out of “an abundance of caution” after being advised by the prosecutor’s office that the case was still scheduled to be heard today.
Following the hearing, Hart declined to discuss the case, saying he wanted to get through the discovery phase of the case first.
Several protestors, holding signs saying “Justice for Kolin Elderts,” were also in court today and followed Deedy as he left into a District Court elevator and out on to Alakea Street.
An Oahu Grand Jury had indicted Deedy Wednesday for second-degree murder and using a firearm to commit the murder in connection with the Nov. 5 shooting death of Kollin K. Elderts. His funeral was held Wednesday.
In an interview with the Star-Advertiser Wednesday, Hart said Deedy was trying to protect others and himself when the shooting happened.
He told The Associated Press the incident started because Elderts “was harassing and bullying another person” at the Waikiki McDonald’s.
Hart was both critical and skeptical of remarks made by Michael Green, the attorney hired by Elderts’ family, questioning some of the statements Green has made about the shooting.
Hart said that Green “talks about facts in a less than responsible way.”
In news media interviews after the shooting, Green said that Deedy asked Elderts during their confrontation, "How'd you like to get shot tonight?"
Deedy then kicked Elderts in the chest and Elderts responded by striking Deedy, Green said. The two men started wrestling, and it was during the struggle that Deedy took out his gun and shot Elderts, Green said.
The State Department said Deedy, a member of its Bureau of Diplomatic Security, was placed on administrative leave after his arrest.
Deedy, a resident of Arlington, Va., has been staying in Honolulu with his wife since he was released on bail, Hart said.