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Jury selection begins in federal agent's murder trial

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:57 a.m. HST, Apr 15, 2013

Jury selection opened this morning for the trial of State Department special agent Christopher Deedy on a charge of murdering a Kailua man in a 2011 shooting at a Waikiki McDonald’s restaurant.

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn told a group of potential jurors that they expect to complete selecting the jury by May 27.

Opening statements for the trial are scheduled for July 1. The trial is expected to be completed by Aug. 23.

Deedy, 28, is charged with shooting Kollin Elderts, 23, at about 2:45 a.m. Nov. 5, 2011 at the McDonald’s Kuhio Avenue restaurant.

Deedy, a Virginia resident, was here to provide security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

He has been free on $250,000 bail.

The selection process to select impartial jurors is expected to be lengthy because of the media coverage of the case.

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allie wrote:
Let the courts decide guilt or innocence. It was a tragic, nasty incident. Sadly, the APEC Conference was a todal waste of time and, as we knew, accomplished nothing.
on April 15,2013 | 11:51AM
FWS wrote:
"APEC accomplished nothing?" What could that opinion possibly be based on? APEC wasn't trying to achieve world peace. It's a high-level business meeting on trade and economic cooperation. That's all. Since Hawaii's 2011 APEC, an unprecedented number of new Hawaii flights have been added to Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and China. We can't get those without political support. But I'm sure it accomplished nothing.
on April 15,2013 | 01:37PM
allie wrote:
Flights had Nothing to do with the APEC Conference. It was the result of an improving international economy.
on April 15,2013 | 02:31PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hmmmm. International economy and planes don't help? Hmmmmmm. Going international means plane. Hmmmmm. What airport beside Butte, North Dakota does have International as a middle name?
on April 15,2013 | 09:43PM
Mythman wrote:
"accomplished nothing" - Aha, maybe what it did not accomplish was the result - try thinking critically, I know you are capable of it.......
on April 15,2013 | 02:13PM
Anonymous wrote:
agree Myth. all-lie uses critical thinking skills @ UH, but not here.
on April 15,2013 | 09:02PM
false wrote:
Can't do Critical Thinking without the foundations in reading or math, so the inability to think critically says a lot. So much for the great schools in ND?
on April 16,2013 | 12:11AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Jurors better have a of of free time available. See a in 2014.
on April 15,2013 | 12:11PM
scooters wrote:
He'll never get a fair trial here! But the courts need to decide this case..not the media!
on April 15,2013 | 12:22PM
Mythman wrote:
"he'll never get a fair trial here". The odds for a fair trial are now much better than when a local boy, Moon, was running the local court system.
on April 15,2013 | 02:15PM
copperwire9 wrote:
You're wrong.
on April 15,2013 | 02:26PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Stop the "noise".
on April 15,2013 | 09:44PM
false wrote:
You liked that? Nice, "Noise."
on April 16,2013 | 12:12AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Is a shooting in public an act of TERROR?
on April 15,2013 | 02:03PM
inverse wrote:
Going out on the town to drink with friends and family, carrying a concealed semi-automatic weapon AND not keeping one's dirty Harry law enforcement attitude in check is an act of STOOPIDITY
on April 15,2013 | 03:55PM
Denominator wrote:
Not if you shoot a terrorist.
on April 15,2013 | 05:52PM
false wrote:
That surely was in McDonalds. We all go there with our moopuna, and tutu. It used to be a safe place and not anymore.
on April 16,2013 | 12:13AM
entrkn wrote:
Considering the fact that this Secret Service Agent who was in town on business, disposed of an attacking animal for us, and the events in Boston today, shouldn't he be in Boston taking care of more urgent business... so lets present him with a Key to Hawaii and thank him for his service and send him on his way.
on April 15,2013 | 06:41PM
Anonymous wrote:
entrkn, Deedy was paid to provide service in the APEC Conference. This doofus killed a man even before the conference began. He was sent to protect, not kill, especially when he's drunk on the town. No worries, he'll be welcomed @ OCCC. Thank you, Deedy. This is how they'll thank him. Good for him.
on April 15,2013 | 09:07PM
false wrote:
Deedy gets 1 demerit because he didn't yell "yippecaye" before killed that guy.
on April 15,2013 | 11:33PM
false wrote:
You are sick. This "unda cova" agent gets the "ha ole" treatment from tutu and other koko. Just smile and let it go with "`olelo Hawaii wale no." It's only words. Drugs and alcohol make people s t ....p..d.
on April 16,2013 | 12:17AM
digger wrote:
i'm not one to comment. however, this is a good case to establish just why we need a civil service system, especially as every one has an opinion. mr deedy is a public employee. that needs to be respected. as such, there is an organizational chart, a position number, and, a position description. it's a formal document. his position description will spell out exactly his duties and responsibilities. to me, regardless of the "spin", the lawyers will have to demonstrate whether or not he acted outside of these responsibilities. the answer to that question will determine his guilt or innocence. the scales of justice, to me, don't include emotion. would i to be a juror , that would be my simple criteria. was he, or was he not, operating as a public employee within his stated functional responsibilities?
on April 16,2013 | 12:33AM
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