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Victim's friend testifies in federal agent's murder trial

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 8:02 p.m. HST, Jul 17, 2013

Kollin Elderts was in good spirits when he left friends in Waikiki to go to a McDonald’s restaurant where he was shot and killed, a friend testified this morning.

Elderts, a 23-year-old Kailua man, had smoked marijuana earlier and had been drinking beer, Malie Goodhue testified.

Goodhue took the stand as the first prosecution witness in the second day of the murder trial of State Department special agent Christopher Deedy.

Deedy, 29, is charged with murdering Kollin Elderts at the McDonald’s restaurant on Kuhio Avenue early Saturday morning, Nov. 5, 2011.

Goodhue testified that Elderts and his friend Shane Medeiros joined her and friends for a night celebrating birthdays in Chinatown the previous Friday night.

She said Elderts had smoked marijuana earlier and had been drinking beer, but said Elderts and Medeiros seemed “fine” before they left to get some food.

“They were happy, tired, but they were happy,” she told the Circuit Court jury.

Goodhue said she never saw Elderts again, and broke down when she testified she later received a call from a police officer telling her that Elderts had been involved in an altercation.

The prosecution is alleging Deedy was driven by alcohol and inexperience when he shot Elderts. 

Deedy’s lawyers contend the agent fired in self defense.

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