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Hearing Thursday on sealing documents in special agent's murder trial

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 4:36 p.m. HST, May 17, 2012


City prosecutors want to seal a request filed this week by State Department special agent Christopher Deedy to dismiss a murder charge in the shooting of a man at McDonald's restaurant in Waikiki in November.

Deedy's lawyer Brook Hart filed the motion asking the dismissal because he was performing his duties as a federal law enforcement officer and is immune from prosecution under state law, according to court records.

In their request, city prosecutors said publicity about the dismissal motion and its exhibits might taint the potential jurors and harm the trial proceedings.

Deedy, 28, is accused of shooting Kollin Elderts, 23, at the fast-food restaurant Nov. 5.

Deedy was here to provide security for leaders attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn is scheduled to hear the sealing request on Thursday.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser plans to file a request to participate in the hearing and oppose the sealing.

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