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Judge releases documents in Deedy murder case

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 8:36 a.m. HST, Feb 26, 2014

A state judge has released the transcripts of closed court proceedings she held before declaring a mistrial in federal agent Christopher Deedy's murder case.

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn's ruling Monday came as a result of a request by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now seeking to make public the record of the closed sessions.

The closed proceedings on Aug. 26 dealt with the jury foreman's concern that he saw a juror shaking hands with someone who would sit in the courtroom gallery with one of  two families.

Deedy's family sat on one side of the gallery, while the family of Kollin Elderts, the man Deedy shot, was on the other side.

The juror, however, said he used to work with the person seven years ago and it didn't affect his judgment.

The transcript was redacted to keep confidential the names of the foreman and the juror and which family the person was sitting with.

Ahn later in open court declared the mistrial after the jurors said they were deadlocked unable to reach a verdict.

Deedy, a State Department special agent, faces a retrial on the charge of murdering Elderts for the 2011 shooting at a Waikiki McDonald's restaurant.

Jury selection for the retrial in Ahn's courtroom is scheduled for June.

Order RE Motion to Unseal Transcript by Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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