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Jury selection for Deedy murder retrial to start in June

By Ken Kobayashi


Circuit Judge Karen Ahn scheduled jury selection for State Department special agent Christopher Deedy's murder retrial for June 16 with the trial to begin possibly in late June once the panel is selected.

It was also disclosed today that Honolulu attorney Thomas Otake will be the new lead counsel for Deedy.

Otake will be replacing Brook Hart, who will continue to represent Deedy, but in a less prominent role.

Hart told the judge he needs to represent his other clients.

Deedy, 29, who was here to provide security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, is charged with murdering Kollin Elderts, 23, early Nov. 5, 2011 at the McDonald's Kuhio Avenue restaurant.

His seven-week trial ended Aug. 26 with the jury deadlocked unable to reach a verdict on whether to acquit or convict Deedy on the second-degree murder charge.

The jury foreman said the split was 8-4 in favor of acquittal

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HAJAA1 wrote:
Wasting my money for this??? Let him go! He did his part as far as I'm concerned.
on September 13,2013 | 02:12PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT HA, wasting your $$? You not even a Hawaii resident.
on September 13,2013 | 02:50PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
HAJAA1: Hawaiian Airlines Japanese All American CEO. Or does your name mean something else?
on September 13,2013 | 03:13PM
Peacenik wrote:
I am, and I agree. People who want it, should take up a collection and pay for it. They are many other criminal murder trials waiting in the wings. About the Dinnan trial? The guy who set fire to Ala Wai Plaza? The guy who killed the other guy who he said was throwing bottles at them? Deedy trial went through the wringers already, unless they can find a video with sound, it's going be same-old same-old. Please Ahn and Kaneshiro, just drop already.
on September 13,2013 | 05:48PM
allie wrote:
so boring...
on September 13,2013 | 02:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yesterday as I walked toward what appeared to be the restroom area of the Haleiwa Beach Park, there was a man alone in the "promenade" yelling obscenities. I walked back toward a crowd of people and asked some people where the restroom was. They said it was in the direction of the promenade and the end of that walkway. They said they knew that person and that, that man would not harm me. I kept my distance anyway and walked with a big enough distance between he and I. As I reached the restroom, I made sure that I was able to be seen by others. There was a couple arguing there, and the woman said to the man, "get out of here", in some choice French. I knew that, that couple was also to be avoided.

Projecting common sense to this Deedy case, one might ponder as to why Chris would be adamant in defending himself, when he knew that in a McDonald's with more than human eyewitnesses, that is to say, video recording equipment, albeit choppy and without audio, there were many other life choices. Perhaps Deedy was emboldened by his knowledge that he had a deadly pistol and that "he was going to hold his ground no matter what". Deedy's official duties were to protect the attendees of APEC, which would not include President Obama, because protection for Obama is done by the secret service.

Anyway, lets get the ball rolling. Can't wait !!!!

on September 13,2013 | 02:25PM
Fred01 wrote:
You sound like a total loser at life!
on September 13,2013 | 02:39PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT Fred, you, Fred, sound like a total loser in life. Honolulu seems sensible.
on September 13,2013 | 02:53PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Losers often are compelled to proclaim others as "losers". They need to cut down others in order to bring their small psychological stature up. Without it they feel "small". This kind of behavior is a form of abuse and is reflected in how they themselves were constantly abused growing up. It's sad but I feel for Fred01.
on September 13,2013 | 07:03PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Von Appen?
on September 13,2013 | 02:55PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
With guys adamant on either side of the aisle, a verdict would be difficult to attain. Kollin's family still can file a Civil Suit against Christopher Deedy, to gain compensation for the unfortunate death.
on September 13,2013 | 02:58PM
Fred01 wrote:
Elderts family should be sued for raising coward bullies.
on September 13,2013 | 03:47PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Be gone troll!
on September 13,2013 | 05:54PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Thank you! Phony boys acting up to haoles in Waikiki. If Elderts was really such a tough guy, how come he wasn't near Mayor Wrights housing or Waipahu or Waianae acting up? Because he was a phony punk!
on September 13,2013 | 11:43PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Same thing I was thinking half way through his "story"! lol
on September 13,2013 | 11:41PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
As expected, Deedy cannot afford Hart as lead counsel. Second-string is in.
on September 13,2013 | 02:57PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Someone said that Deedy used up his insurance coverage for legal aid and is now in need for the B-Team. I would just COP a plea and say "No Contest" and accept the manslaughter option. Both sides would not be subject to the uncertainty and life moves on. It is one hundred percent true that the bullet was fired from Chris' pistol. It is much less certain if Deedy was under the influence of alcohol. One can tell with Common Sense that just by looking at someone that if they are tipsy or not, such as Red Faced. The official authorities can do their job of obtaining alcohol content in a person's blood. Also, Hart saying he does not want to represent Deedy again really means that he does not believe that Deedy is innocent. If Hart really believed Deedy was innocent, Hart would retry the case with a much reduced stipend, or even Pro Bono. Dammm Lawyers !!!!!
on September 13,2013 | 03:09PM
Kai37 wrote:
It's already been established that manslaughter is not an option as all parties involved (judge, prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro, defense) agree it's not an option. The media and public needs to put that manslaughter issue to rest and stop bringing it up.
on September 13,2013 | 03:39PM
Mythman wrote:
Err, have you missed your meeting, HH
on September 13,2013 | 03:48PM
steveoctober wrote:
Hart isn't interested in whether he's innocent or guilty, only in ensuring he can get paid without being stiffed in the future. I'm pretty sure Hart's fees alone have gone into several million dollars by now, plus all the extras for other supporting attorneys, witnesses, consultants, and such. Hart knows even if Deedy gets off scott-free that the fees will get paid pennies on the dollar and so will stay far away. Typical way lawyers work.
on September 13,2013 | 05:44PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well u know of doctors, lawyers and engineers, which do we think are the most honest? Most people in the know would say engineers, because as Spock would say, let me have the facts and only the facts. Doctors have been known to defraud Medicare. Lawyers have been known to do ANYTHING to get their client off, and the primary example is The Trial of The (20th) Century, which happened in Los Angeles, California.
on September 13,2013 | 07:41PM
scooters wrote:
The lead HPD Det. blew the case and he knew it. Lack of evidence and intent. He's set free. Another hung jury and a waste of our tax money. Local punk started it as usual. Always with the 'big Body" action. Didn't work this time.
on September 13,2013 | 09:39PM
Morimoto wrote:
Good god your thoughts are all over the place. You make almost no sense at all.
on September 13,2013 | 03:10PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I am not a writer I am a human being. Where do u live moto?
on September 13,2013 | 03:14PM
Morimoto wrote:
Like I said you make almost no sense at all.
on September 13,2013 | 05:32PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
What if I told u my last name also ends with moto?
on September 13,2013 | 07:42PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Call me at 808-123-4567 and we will discuss to make u compromise !!!!
on September 13,2013 | 03:15PM
allie wrote:
on September 13,2013 | 04:33PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Thanks allie I find that u r wise at your young age. Getting a "yikes" from u is the highlight of my life, lol.
on September 13,2013 | 07:43PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT Morimoto, I picked up "Be aware", "Keep your distance" and "Choose your battles".
on September 13,2013 | 03:40PM
false wrote:
Looks like you made your decision. Hope you don't sit on the jury. A jury is charged with hearing ALL the evidence.
on September 13,2013 | 04:06PM
allie wrote:
APEC was a total bust and a nothing conference,. deedy was drunk and displayed no common sense. Not murder but it was manslaughter.
on September 13,2013 | 04:32PM
Manoa2 wrote:
What if you were attacked and an off duty police officer, or sheriff, or any other law enforcement officer off duty or visiting, chose not to get involved and risk a shooting or assault? We need to encourage people to get involved to prevent violent attacks. Those confrontations can go bad, but so could the case where someone walks away to leave someone to be battered or knocked hard to the ground. We should not penalize someone-- especially someone officially trained not to walk away or ignore these incidents-- for being a Good Samaritan.
on September 13,2013 | 05:23PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Manoa2 wrote: "What if you were attacked and an off duty police officer, or sheriff, or any other law enforcement officer off duty or visiting, chose not to get involved and risk a shooting or assault?"

Who got attacked?

on September 13,2013 | 05:56PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Unfortunately, the situation had died down and Elderts was seated. At that point Deedy went to confront him. And that is beyond what law enforcement officers are trained to do. They are trained to avoid physical conflict if at all possible. When Elderts was seated he had taken a position that is not of one who is currently in attack mode.
on September 13,2013 | 07:16PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Your logic appears to be a bit skewed. I say this because whether a law enforcement officer's use of force is deemed reasonable should always depend on the surrounding facts and circumstances. Excessive force should not always be justified simply based on the faulty reasoning that it's always better for the officer to respond with lethal force than not responding at all.
on September 14,2013 | 01:19AM
lee1957 wrote:
Weak analogy.
on September 13,2013 | 06:04PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
It is weak however I really was there and I felt the emotion of being in a place that felt like the Savannah of Africa, where every animal is for itself and when one is not careful one literally gets eaten alive, and I mean by the King of the Jungle. Note that in the Lion World, it is the female that goes hunting for dinner and Dad lounges around. When the meal arrives, Dad goes and has his "take". No kidding: next time watch The National Geographic Channel or rent a video from The Kapolei State Library, or go swimming at Magic Island in Ala Moana Park. Now morimoto, I am really spinning around in the dark reaches of my mind. Btw hahahahahahahahahahaha !!!!!!!! Laugher is Best Medicine, as my dentist, Gary Wong, has confirmed to me that some kind of "happy" endorphins circulate in the blood steam and makes us free of Strokes and Heart Attacks. This is me signing off from Kapolei Zippy's in the dine in section next to the Kapolei Police Substation. If u want to see me here. I will be here for another 3.34 seconds, then I will transport up to the USS Enterprise and join Captain Kirk (not Caldwell). Bye ..........
on September 13,2013 | 07:54PM
hanalei395 wrote:
@ HH ..."Anyway, let's get the ball rolling. Can't wait !!!." ........... And while we're all waiting, for the next nine months, Deedy is getting away with murder, .... HOWEVER, .... for the next nine months, he will be in complete h e l l ......he won't be at peace. The upcoming trial will always be on his mind.
on September 13,2013 | 10:29PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Which is why a good attorney, even a Public Defender, will give the defendant all possible options, including a Change of Plea to "No Contest", and get this tragedy behind us. The rest of us in Pidgin Country (no not da birds, jus da way we talk ova hea), we really not thinking about this trial at all. All we thinking about is if we going have gravy on our mashed potatoes at Zippy's and if Kahuku can beat Saint Louis for the Division One State Championship. Also we thinking about Dave Shoji and will THIS be the year, for a FIFTH national championship ???!!! Last one was in 1987, 26 years ago, when Teee Williams was 19 years old and Christopher Deedy was 3 years old. We have old and young. Experienced and wise. Young and usually in need of seasoning, maybe some salt, some Tabasco, some pepper, maybe some Mayo. I will have fries with that by the way.
on September 14,2013 | 12:21AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Pick me for the jury. I want to hang the jury again.
on September 13,2013 | 02:30PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I'll be on a hiatus if elected to serve.
on September 13,2013 | 02:55PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Thumbs up dude !!!!
on September 13,2013 | 02:56PM
wahine wrote:
After the trial is completed next year, we will be in the same place we are right now. A hung jury, waste of taxpayers $, and another law enforcement official (federal or state) literally getting away with murder. Das why haad...
on September 13,2013 | 02:38PM
Kailuaraised wrote:
I bet it won't even go to trial due to jury bias. Just dismiss it already and stop embarrassing our state.
on September 13,2013 | 02:46PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I seem to recall you claiming he "walk" and go back to his 6 figure law enforcement job in DC.

Now you want to bet on an extremely unlikely outcome? They will keep picking jurors until they have enough to try him.

on September 13,2013 | 05:59PM
Shh wrote:
We all know that if it was a HPD officer instead of Deedy. The outcome would of went differently. I'm sure it will not make a difference in Deedy's second trial. I just think it is a shame that he is getting away with Murder.
on September 13,2013 | 02:56PM
Fred01 wrote:
At least the "victim" got what he asked for.
on September 13,2013 | 03:47PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Keith Kaneshiro may have to bite the bullet and allow the option of Manslaughter, otherwise anymore trials would not yield the unanimous verdict required in Criminal Court.
on September 13,2013 | 03:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Keith Kaneshiro may have to bite the bullet and allow the option of Manslaughter, otherwise anymore trials would not yield the unanimous verdict required in Criminal Court.
on September 13,2013 | 03:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Something is better than nothing.
on September 13,2013 | 03:02PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Please not Judge Ahn again. She is waste time. This is a manslaughter case and if they can't see it then just forget it and save our money. Elderts died for nothing, because of a punk junior g man. Bet there's about 1,000 local boys out there who would love to have a drink with Mr. Deedy and rap about this case.
on September 13,2013 | 03:26PM
Kai37 wrote:
The media and public need to stop bringing up the manslaughter option because it does not fit the elements of manslaughter definition. Keep in mind that everyone involved (judge, Keith Kaneshiro, defense) agreed manslaughter is not an option. Public and media want it because it provides some kind of intermediate ground for punishment, but let's face it that it's just murder or acquit. (So in all likelikhood, it'll probably result in acquittal or hung jury again). If you don't like the definition of manslaughter, then go talk to your representative to have it changed at the legislature.
on September 13,2013 | 03:44PM
Fred01 wrote:
Elderts died because he was a coward bully raised by a loser family, who didn't know how to act. Not all local boys are so stupid.
on September 13,2013 | 03:50PM
swagger wrote:
Not all haoles visiting from the mainland are that stupid acting like a coward like DD.
on September 13,2013 | 05:22PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
on September 13,2013 | 11:48PM
allie wrote:
she is an embarrassment
on September 13,2013 | 04:33PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
It shows that you know nothing about the law. Judge Ahn - and I have zero interest in her - had NO CHOICE. There was no manslaughter option here. Learn the law folks. Simple as that. It's hilarious that posters continue with the manslaughter remarks. Simple minds I tell you out there.
on September 13,2013 | 11:47PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
So by your comment are you implying that Hawaii Supreme Court justices are ignorant of the law since they have in fact suggested giving the jury the manslaughter option--and that allowing only two "All or nothing options" could be detrimental to the criminal justice system? Logic would dictate that a lesser charge of manslaughter would be a lot easier for the prosecution to prove as opposed to attempting to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Deedy did murder Elderts--for that would require proving that Deedy had a motive for engaging in murder and that he did so with malicious intent.
on September 14,2013 | 01:04AM
xxNOTxx wrote:
After this is all over Deedy is going to be so broke from paying all his attorneys, expert witnesses, housing and plane trips back & forth to Hawaii, not to mention his upcoming civil trial that he'll never have the money to even consider walking into another McDonalds for the rest of his life.
on September 13,2013 | 03:56PM
false wrote:
Hmmmm. how people have heard or read about this case? How many form an opinion? Going to interesting.
on September 13,2013 | 04:04PM
2NDC wrote:
Sad. Bruddah is gonna walk again. :-(
on September 13,2013 | 04:12PM
Oio wrote:
Does anyone know what the Defendant does in the meantime? Is he in prison, or out on bail or what?
on September 13,2013 | 04:30PM
bodysurf_ah wrote:
he's still out on bail and accepting charity. He'll probably be filing for bankruptcy soon then later, like Zimmerman, his wife will probably leave him cause he's gonna be in debt for the rest of his life with no hope of climbing out...but he'll still be alive.
on September 13,2013 | 04:43PM
Slow wrote:
Why wait 9 months? Is this normal between retrials?
on September 13,2013 | 04:52PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I weep for all parties involved in this tragedy. There won't be any winners (besides the lawyers) some people will just lose worse than others.
on September 13,2013 | 06:01PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Let's just hope that our prosecutor seeks the manslaughter charge this time around.
on September 13,2013 | 06:55PM
entrkn wrote:
q u i t a n d a c q u i t . . .
on September 13,2013 | 09:09PM
scooters wrote:
Dam, the city will not let this guy go. Wasting our tax money on another hung jury. Or will the city prosecutor keep pushing until he finds a jury that will bend to his wishes.
on September 13,2013 | 09:34PM
Slow wrote:
A kid was shot to death, remember? We have a judicial system in the U.S., remember? "Let this guy go?" Why? And don't lie and say you are concerned over the trial cost.
on September 14,2013 | 07:53AM
piepgrass wrote:
What a huge waste of money. The result will be the same the next time. Too much reasonable doubt. They cannot even make a case for manslaughter never mind murder. Get over it.
on September 17,2013 | 02:41AM
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