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Court rejects agent's bid to move trial

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:22 p.m. HST, Jul 31, 2013

A lingering cloud over State Department special agent Christopher Deedy's murder trial was lifted Monday when a federal appeals court denied his bid to transfer the case to federal court.

Deedy, 29, appealed a ruling by a federal judge who denied him permission to file for the transfer after the deadline for such motions.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision U.S. District Judge Leslie Koba­ya­shi made last year.

The Appeals Court rejected Deedy's contention that the case should be transferred to the federal court, which could allow a federal district outside of Hawaii to handle the trial, because of pretrial publicity.

The ruling was issued on the first day of Deedy's trial in state courts on a charge of murdering Kollin Elderts of Kailua in the early morning of Nov. 5, 2011.

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MalamaKaAina wrote:
What color are the convicts uniforms at Halawa?
on July 9,2013 | 01:38AM
wiliki wrote:
Too bad... this case should be tried in a federal court outside of Hawaii.
on July 9,2013 | 08:04AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
wiliki wrote: "Too bad... this case should be tried in a federal court outside of Hawaii."

Why? The crime took place in an Oahu McDonalds near Waikiki.

Do you think all our murder trials should be tried in a federal court outside of Hawaii? Again, why?

on July 9,2013 | 01:08PM
wiliki wrote:
Jury of peers.... old American custom.
on July 9,2013 | 04:47PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
We are his peers.
on July 9,2013 | 10:42PM
allie wrote:
This case should be tried here. Let him face justice.
on July 9,2013 | 10:12AM
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