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

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 08:02 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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bodysurf_ah wrote:
he's screwed for sure now.
on July 9,2013 | 01:43PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Elderts is like a local Trayvon Martin. Unfortunately, a gun is like a trump card for cowards- they go around acting tough, pick fights, and if they get on the losing end, pull the gun and claim self-defense.
on July 9,2013 | 01:54PM
kailuabred wrote:
and like the Zimmerman/Martin case, both individuals are/were punks.
on July 9,2013 | 02:40PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
You mean the ones with the guns right.
on July 9,2013 | 04:19PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Punk, with a hidden weapon, ... brave. Drunk punk, with a hidden weapon, ... even braver.
on July 9,2013 | 04:54PM
false wrote:
We are so fortunate that no one else was hurt. There would be a huge alarm going off right now. If different people were injured or killed as collateral damage the outcry here would be horrendous. But it's a just "chronic". What makes it okay? He was still someone's family. We are all connected. Aremed with "weapon of mass destruction" is still armed. Deedy acted deliberately as judge and jury.
on July 9,2013 | 05:59PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Drunk punk with a hidden weapon, now braver and feeling more superior, makes himself to get involved into a situation where he wasn't wanted.
on July 9,2013 | 06:56PM
saveparadise wrote:
Do you understand that a person's fists are enough to kill you? Do you understand that hands can choke you to death or slam your head into the ground till you are brain dead? Really, try to understand both sides.
on July 10,2013 | 04:05PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
You all will be disappointed when the video comes out. It's obvious what happened here, federal agents don't go around trying to pick a fight but we all know local guys that think they're tough and go around picking fights with haoles. This time he picked on the wrong haoles.
on July 9,2013 | 08:21PM
Mypualani wrote:
Really did you see the video? We're you there? Eh I get the local punk thing really I do. As. Kid I bullied a white looking kid in school when he asked me why I couldn't answer and the ones I did have were really stupid even to a ten year old, needless to say no one in school picked on him anymore He became my friend this boy was the only white kid besides his little sister. He taught me a lot about looking past the color of ones skin and for this I will alway be grateful. I told him he stole our land ( very ignorant of me) he said he didn't steal anything from me "I am just a kid, what land did I steal ? This started us to talk. He is a very good friend of mine. My parents were horrified of what I did, I grew hearing ha'ole dis and ha'ole that. So yes let's wait for the video. Ex Bully
on July 9,2013 | 08:50PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"It's obvious what happened here" ....A drunk federal agent.
on July 9,2013 | 08:53PM
pakeheat wrote:
And what would you say about Colin? Punk who thought he was a weapon?
on July 9,2013 | 09:23PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Uh no. I think Deedy thought his tough guy act would go over like it does on the mainland and he lost the gamble. People that come to Hawaii and don't show the proper respect are asking for trouble. This ain't America.
on July 10,2013 | 07:09AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Let's just put it out there: for a lot of transplants and tourists, Elderts was the "scary local guy" they obsess about, and Deedy is their fantasy surrogate, dealing a blow against the "reverse racism" they feel is so pervasive in Hawai'i. Well, the reality is that Deedy was a insecure punk who pulled an impulsive move- he's going to get burned, and he should.
on July 9,2013 | 08:02PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Let's wait until all the evidence is in. Comments as to guilt or innocence at this early stage are a sure sign of limited intellectual capacity.
on July 9,2013 | 02:21PM
allie wrote:
agree but I am so sorry the gun was ever taken to the and and then to McDonald's. He should have left it locked in his room.
on July 9,2013 | 02:29PM
DAGR81 wrote:
False pride...that is why Deedy is where he is today (typical of his kind)
on July 9,2013 | 02:45PM
SteveToo wrote:
And what "kind" is that?
on July 9,2013 | 04:18PM
DAGR81 wrote:
"da kine"
on July 9,2013 | 04:30PM
pakeheat wrote:
Heh? da kine?
on July 9,2013 | 09:24PM
MakikiView wrote:
Question: Is it permitted for an agent to leave their firearm "locked" in his or her room? That's hardly secure.
on July 9,2013 | 03:06PM
kainalu wrote:
What has been established however, as NOT being permitted - is as a Federal Agent carrying your weapon when you're consuming alcoholic beverages. If that is established - that Deedy was drinking - that will be a problem for the defense. While Kollin was consuming pot and booze - he didn't have a gun.
on July 9,2013 | 04:27PM
Grimbold wrote:
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on July 9,2013 | 03:24PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
The culture of physical fights should be eliminated. Shoot someone if you see them fighting?
on July 9,2013 | 04:21PM
aomohoa wrote:
I think you will get the opposite results if they are drinking. You'll get an old west shoot out. And I mean the old west on the Mainland, not the West side allie.
on July 9,2013 | 04:35PM
TMJ wrote:
An armed society is a polite society.
on July 10,2013 | 07:12AM
TheMajority wrote:
on July 9,2013 | 03:29PM
etalavera wrote:
Elderts had cocaine and weed in his system. Elderts was convicted of assault and a DUI. Elderts delivered the first blow according to the prosecutor! Deedy is a federal agent who may or may not have been drunk. JUST THE FACTS.
on July 9,2013 | 03:04PM
Mypualani wrote:
If you can read and comprehend Deedy delivered the first blow when he kicked the dead one in the chest.
on July 9,2013 | 08:55PM
Jerry_D wrote:
They may be facts, but how many of them are RELEVANT to this case? - Elderts had TRACE amounts of cocaine...(irrelevant, since you need more than trace amounts of cocaine in order to even feel its effects - ...Weed in his system (Irrelevant. Studies have proven time and again that marijuana does NOT induce violent behavior. If it did, why does the media portray "stoners" as being mellow and lethargic?) - Elderts was convicted of assault (Perhaps relevant) -...and a DUI (Irrelevant. Driving a motor vehicle has nothing to do with this altercation) - Elderts delivered the first blow (Perhaps relevant. But does that justify being shot to death?) So have of your argument is irrelevant. That's pretty weak.
on July 9,2013 | 10:25PM
bigtaiho wrote:
Deedy wanted to play cop...should have called the cops.
on July 9,2013 | 03:05PM
TheMajority wrote:
Deedy is a cop.
on July 9,2013 | 03:28PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Deedy is not a cop. He's a armed security for State Department dignitaries. He does not handle everyday situations. He probably never arrested anyone using his authority. Like in his manual, call local police when confronted with a local situation.
on July 9,2013 | 04:26PM
steveoctober wrote:
agreed. deedy should have found a way to remove himself from the situation, plain and simple. Agents have to pass running agility tests so that's exactly what deedy should have done - run like hell if necessary and dial 911.
on July 9,2013 | 04:46PM
TheMajority wrote:
dis"agree" Agent Deedy was a trained federal law enforcement officer and Elderts had no common sense when he GRABBED Deedy's gun. This was after Deedy identified himself as law enforcement, not as a rent-a-cop. If he was some rent-a-cop, like you ignorantly believe because you do not know what you're talking about, he wouldn't have been permitted to carry his firearm at all when "off-duty." BUT he is a federal law enforcement officer, having received similar training in use of force tactics that local LEOs receive. And all LEOs routinely carry while off-duty. The mistake here was Elderts grabbing at Deedy's gun, a sure way to later find oneself six feet under. Deedy had to protectn himself from Elderts taking his gun and using it against him and others in the restaurant.
on July 9,2013 | 05:24PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Elderts had to protect himself after Deedy said he would shoot Elderts, "what you wanna get shot" at point blank, elderts was reaching for the gun, after several shots by Deedy. He was reaching to save his life. Deedy shot him through the heart. Shot him dead. Deedys stood by his words, " Im going to shoot you".
on July 9,2013 | 09:09PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
That spent casing stuck in Deedys glock, was a jam probably from elderts pushing at the barrel. My question, what round struck elderts first? The missed rounds were defensive chucks from elderts. My point round one hits center mass, elderts fears for his life, round two is chucked, round three is chucked when elderts hand hits the barrel and the slide spring defects where the caddying is not ejected. Elderts then fall on Deedy.
on July 9,2013 | 09:29PM
hapaguy wrote:
That's a good recitation of the defense attorney's version of events. I trust our Prosecutors office when they say that Deedy was the aggressor and threw the first blow (a thrust kick), Deedy never identified himself as a Federal agent. That Elderts grabbed for Deedy's gun is a fiction that the defense put forward......
on July 9,2013 | 09:13PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hapa you went to the trial?
on July 9,2013 | 09:23PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hapa if the tapes show, the moments of the shooting, if there's any reaching by elderts, it's to knock the firing gun from deedy, not to gain control. After that any move to the gun is a fight to save his life.
on July 9,2013 | 09:46PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Exactly. Deedy is not a cop- he's a guard for diplomats. Having said that, he has to be held to a high level of responsibility as a federal employee carrying a weapon. He is supposed to be more careful and more responsible than the average person- he was the opposite, and he needs to pay for it.
on July 9,2013 | 07:47PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
He's a federal DSS agent with full police powers idiot!
on July 9,2013 | 08:24PM
BRock wrote:
So a federal agent shoots and kills an aggressive drug user in a public place. And you people say it like it is a bad thing!
on July 9,2013 | 03:05PM
aomohoa wrote:
It is a bad thing if it wasn't self defense and Deedy did it because he was drunk and out of control. Playing Macho man? There was wrong on both sides. The victim was not all that innocent, but this was a tragic ending anyway.
on July 9,2013 | 04:40PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The victim was not innocent at all, he has priors for resisting arrest by HPD and physical assault and battery. He had no respect for authority, particularly a haole with a badge. He paid for his mistake with his life.
on July 9,2013 | 08:28PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
I've never seen an aggressive marijuana/beer user. For a local to go to McDonalds for his munchies is desperate. Really think he was there to get his grinds on. I guess they would have to bring forth the witness or victim that Deedy was trying to protect.
on July 9,2013 | 04:40PM
nitpikker wrote:
get real!! you NEVER saw an aggressive beer drinker?!?! i've seen plenty of them!!
on July 9,2013 | 07:44PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
You mean a drunk? I said marijuana beet nit.
on July 9,2013 | 09:11PM
pakeheat wrote:
So you are saying there will never be a marijuana/beer aggressor out there NB?
on July 9,2013 | 09:36PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
First of all, I live aggressive drunks. They are predictable. In a fight the liquor loses their senses. Trick is don't be afraid, don't yell at them., just trash um.
on July 9,2013 | 09:39PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
You must not get out of your cave very often. I've seen angry drunks many times. Some people become a totally different person when they get drunk, then don't remember what they did after they sober up. This is common sense, something you apparently lack. Either that or you knew the deceased, you both from the same hood right?
on July 9,2013 | 08:31PM
hapaguy wrote:
You are correct except that the angry drunk was Deedy!....
on July 9,2013 | 09:14PM
Anonymous wrote:
saywhatyouthink...sounds like your soon to be promoted to DOwhatyouthink, since the general deedy may be going upstate for awhile maybe now you can take his place and DOwhateveryouthink you want to, like shooting whatyouthink is trash of society. Your speech is offensive and you should get out of your cave and find love.
on July 10,2013 | 11:11AM
kolohepalu wrote:
He was feeling like a big man because he had a gun; he picked a drunken fight with the wrong guy, was getting beat down, and pulled his weapon because he was losing. So he has poor judgement, he's a coward, and the fact that he's a federal agent, yeah, makes it a bad thing. And if you think pot is a drug, you live in the wrong state.
on July 9,2013 | 07:51PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
What about the cocaine ... that's not a drug either on the west side.
on July 9,2013 | 08:32PM
Grimbold wrote:
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on July 9,2013 | 03:20PM
eoe wrote:
Are you part of a legislative body?
on July 9,2013 | 03:31PM
RichardCory wrote:
"Censure." You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
on July 9,2013 | 04:35PM
TheMajority wrote:
Its a no brainer that if you grab an officers gun, you will likely get shot. Like it or not.
on July 9,2013 | 03:23PM
hipatty123 wrote:
how come we havent heard yet from the guy who was being harassed that Deedy stood up for? And all the McD employees? Elderts appears to have been high on cocaine and pissed at haoles - bad combo that night
on July 9,2013 | 03:44PM
Sat wrote:
Why would the police immediately call Maile Goodhue to inform her that Elderts had been involved in an altercation? Someone, please explain?
on July 9,2013 | 04:10PM
username_required wrote:
Where does it say "immediately"? She said she was "later" called by police. My guess is the police were investigating a homicide.
on July 9,2013 | 04:21PM
bumba wrote:
Elderts equals Worm Food
on July 9,2013 | 04:22PM
kolohepalu wrote:
what a stupid comment.
on July 9,2013 | 07:53PM
kailua000 wrote:
This case is not like Zimmerman/Martin. Zimmerman went after Martin, he chased him down when the police to him not to. Martin was 'drunk' on coke (a-cola) and colorful pills (skittles), not pot, coke and liquor. Martin was defending himself from a person who was being the aggressor. This case Elderts was stoned and drunk, acting like a moke and being aggressive to customers and a (probably intoxicated) Deedy with a gun was provoked and attacked and the stoned drunk moke grabbed his gun. I do not condone what Deedy did, he was wrong. But the cases are not the same.
on July 9,2013 | 05:49PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Martin was stalked by Zimmerman like a hunter going after a deer. Eldert's was looking for trouble and found it.
on July 9,2013 | 08:36PM
I can wait for the case to end, but it looks like Deedy is guilty. How does Deedy claim SELF-DEFENSE, when he threw the first blow (a kick in the chest) AND ELDERTS DIDN'T HAVE A WEAPON! HEY PEOPLE, ELDERTS WAS UNARMED AND DEEDY THREW THE FIRST BLOW AND SHOT ELDERTS. COME ON GUYS, WAKE UP! SO DUDE, ANSWER THIS ONE. DEEDY NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL FOR A DANG LONG TIME.
on July 9,2013 | 06:00PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Aquittal coming, just wait and see.
on July 9,2013 | 08:37PM
Kapaho wrote:
Why did Deedy bring a gun with him to McDonald's? Was he on duty?
on July 9,2013 | 07:09PM
edster48 wrote:
The moral of this story, don't act like a moke punk and your chances of being shot are minimal.
on July 9,2013 | 07:21PM
Mypualani wrote:
Or don't act like one stupid Howly and go bar hopping consuming alcohol with your fire arm.
on July 9,2013 | 09:01PM
hapaguy wrote:
on July 9,2013 | 09:16PM
pakeheat wrote:
What's a Howly?
on July 9,2013 | 09:39PM
Anonymous wrote:
One drunk, high punk crossed paths with a drunk punk with a gun. Stop trying to paint one or the other as an angel. When two punks cross paths, bad things will happen. It happens every night in Waikiki, just this time, one punk had a gun.
on July 9,2013 | 08:16PM
Mypualani wrote:
You are straight on that one.
on July 9,2013 | 09:02PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
He's a federal DSS agent with full police powers on US soil. Know what you're talking about before you speak.
on July 9,2013 | 08:25PM
Mypualani wrote:
One could say the same to you.
on July 9,2013 | 09:03PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Maybe Deedy was pissed that he got the tent assignment that night and a local guy name Berg berated him in front of his peers ? All because of a lost phone, Sir,Sir,sir...
on July 9,2013 | 09:36PM
Mypualani wrote:
Did you see it?
on July 9,2013 | 09:03PM
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