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Time to end prosecution of Deedy


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 16, 2014

~~<p>After Christopher Deedy's initial mistrial on second-degree murder charges, Honolulu prosecutors urged a speedy retrial of the federal agent, based on the adage that justice delayed is justice denied. There's certainly no argument with that. It was imperative to preserve evidence from that 2011 brawl, which ended in the shooting death of Kailua resident Kollin Elderts, not allow it to fade.</p>
<p>But following the acquittal on those charges on Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Janice Futa told reporters that the &quot;seriousness of the offense&quot; warranted a third trial, given the hung jury on the lesser charges, manslaughter and assault. &quot;Kollin Elderts and his family and his friends and our community deserve that kind of justice,&quot; Futa said.</p>
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After Christopher Deedy's initial mistrial on second-degree murder charges, Honolulu prosecutors urged a speedy retrial of the federal agent, based on the adage that justice delayed is justice denied. There's certainly no argument with that. It was imperative to preserve evidence from that 2011 brawl, which ended in the shooting death of Kailua resident Kollin Elderts, not allow it to fade.

But following the acquittal on those charges on Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Janice Futa told reporters that the "seriousness of the offense" warranted a third trial, given the hung jury on the lesser charges, manslaughter and assault. "Kollin Elderts and his family and his friends and our community deserve that kind of justice," Futa said. Login for more...



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