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With jury picked, agent's trial can begin

The panel will return to court July 1 for opening statements in the murder case

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:19 p.m. HST, Jul 17, 2013

A jury has been selected for the trial of State Department agent Christopher Deedy on a murder charge in the 2011 shooting of a Kailua man in Waikiki.

The nine men and three women were told Tuesday to return July 1 to Circuit Judge Karen Ahn's courtroom for opening statements.

The panel was selected more quickly than expected in the high-profile case during the selection process, which lasted about three weeks.

The trial's opening date, which was set before the jury selection, remains the same.

The potential jurors were told that July 1 would be the start of the trial and that lawyers had arranged for witnesses to appear for trial at that time.

The jurors were told not to read, watch or expose themselves to any media reports about the case.

Four alternates were also selected for the trial, which is scheduled to last one to two months.

Deedy, 29, is charged with murdering Kollin Elderts, 23, early on the morning of Nov. 11, 2011, at the McDonald's restaurant on Kuhio Avenue.

Deedy was in Hono­lulu to provide security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

The Virginia resident is free on $250,000 bail.

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ejkorvette wrote:
Let Justice be served, Please Let Justice be Served!
on May 8,2013 | 02:55AM
false wrote:
Justice will be served but no one is going to be happy. He ended his career when he started drinking and packing.
on May 8,2013 | 04:31AM
scooters wrote:
@False: you were drinking with him so you know that as fact?
on May 8,2013 | 05:34AM
scooters wrote:
It was already!
on May 8,2013 | 05:31AM
allie wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 06:37AM
hikine wrote:
This should be a short and sweet trial. Just because he's an agent doesn't mean he can do what he pleases. He was drunk when this incident happened!
on May 8,2013 | 04:00AM
scooters wrote:
So you were there? Drinking with him? You saw him Drinking or just read what was in the papers? Fool
on May 8,2013 | 05:32AM
8082062424 wrote:
Of course not. it more they trace back all the bars he was at and the club he was at. Let not forget all the witness was there. he was drinking. also he the one who started the fight. he will pay for what he did. just like Elderts did for his part in it. only the agent lives and spend time in prision
on May 8,2013 | 08:11AM
lee1957 wrote:
Drinking and being intoxicated are not the same thing.
on May 8,2013 | 11:37AM
8082062424 wrote:
your right. but as a federal agent i doubt the government supports him drawing his weapon while having been drinking at all.
on May 8,2013 | 12:35PM
false wrote:
I have no opinion yet but I don't recall any witnesses coming out and saying that Deedy started the fight.
on May 8,2013 | 12:28PM
8082062424 wrote:
you will he struck the first blow
on May 8,2013 | 12:29PM
kailuabred wrote:
you were there? so you'll be called as a witness?
on May 8,2013 | 02:28PM
kailuabred wrote:
so nice that you have already made the jury's decision for them!
on May 8,2013 | 02:28PM
8082062424 wrote:
not at all but if the law is upheld he will found guilty . do you know how many folks were there that night quite a few and this is a small island
on May 8,2013 | 03:40PM
gary360 wrote:
Both were drinking.
on May 8,2013 | 06:31AM
Mythman wrote:
Drink and drugs are the real criminals in this sorry saga - ruining one life and ending another. If a gun is not handy, then they use a knife or a club to kill with. Men and women, both. What's the answer? Pray not prey.....Man is not an animal.....
on May 8,2013 | 04:54AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Agree with Mythman for the firdt time
on May 8,2013 | 05:20AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Do not be mistaken - Man/woman (human beings) are animals. Just like dogs, many behave but there are some bad mean ones out there. If you doubt it, just read the papers every day and you will see proof.
on May 8,2013 | 05:31AM
pakeheat wrote:
I remember a while back while visiting the Honolulu Zoo, there was a small display with the words, "Most dangerous animal in the world", and if you wanted to find out lift the veil, guess who?
on May 8,2013 | 10:17AM
allie wrote:
on May 8,2013 | 06:37AM
cojef wrote:
Yes, the Cleveland incident indicates how 3 brothers preyed on 3 young girls, fathered babies and with only one surviving, because mothers were suffering from malnutrition. They fed the girls only enough to survive and become dependent on the perps for their nourishments. That's how they maintained their dominance over the victims. Agree with "sailfish1". Stone-age mentality in the comfort of their lair, and yet outside the lair, maintain a civil life, just like a normal citizen, even a school bus driver. "Shibai" to the nth degree.
on May 8,2013 | 08:58AM
cojef wrote:
Addendum: The photo of Deedy indicated concern, while his spouse looks very handsome, a pretty woman. Had to get my 2 cents in, cause that is what I look at first, pictures, preferably women, and good looking. Yes, maybe a "su ke bei".
on May 8,2013 | 09:04AM
etalavera wrote:
Can't wait until the video from that night is finally released. Should be interesting to reveal what the prosecution didn't want the public to see.
on May 8,2013 | 05:56AM
8082062424 wrote:
thing is the video has no audio . so it will come down to what the folks there witness.
on May 8,2013 | 08:13AM
Bully wrote:
Its been a year and a half since the crime occurred, the judicial system is so slow.
on May 8,2013 | 08:18AM
dlum003 wrote:
It remains to be proven, but I would surmise that the victim initiated the incident, and this Jason Bourne wannabe was too quick on the draw. You get these two types together and somebody's going to get hurt. If they just walked away, none of this would've happened. Simple. All licensed firearms possessors need to exercise restraint, problem is that's not the culture in America. It's all "You wanna piece a me?" then BOOM
on May 8,2013 | 09:04AM
pakeheat wrote:
Yes, I also agree with you're comment, you have a local guy with a local attitude and a FBI agent with his attitude, both clashed and the result is a death. Mr. Deedy is also guilty for using a lethal weapon when his life was never threatened with a weapon but he probably showed that he had a gun so that ticked the other guy off, so I assumed a struggled occurred and with deadly result? He should also pay for his mistake for carrying a weapon when he wasn't even on duty.
on May 8,2013 | 10:36AM
lee1957 wrote:
Deedy is not an FBI agent, he works for the State Department.
on May 8,2013 | 11:43AM
false wrote:
Here's the problem, some guys and gals just can't walk away. They need to inflict some kind of injury on the other to prove something.
on May 8,2013 | 12:32PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Dear Jurors. You are not supposed to read these comments. Maybe being banned from reading anything is SA is a good thing.
on May 8,2013 | 10:26AM
juscasting wrote:
Jury picked...Whew, now I hope my summons for jury duty gets canked!
on May 8,2013 | 12:22PM
false wrote:
I wonder what the video surveillance will reveal? No sound of course.
on May 8,2013 | 12:26PM
gobows wrote:
unjustified use of deadly force. didnt walk into jack in the box with the intent on killing somebody. manslaughter at worst.
on May 8,2013 | 12:26PM
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