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Police evidence specialist says Deedy smelled of alcohol

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 8:01 p.m. HST, Jul 17, 2013

A police evidence specialist testified this morning that State Department special agent Christopher Deedy smelled of alcohol when she took his photos at Queen’s Medical Center about two hours after he shot Kollin Elderts at a Waikiki McDonald’s restaurant.

Toy Stech told the Circuit Court jury that she noticed a “strong alcohol smell” on Deedy’s breath and also a “sour smell” as if the alcohol was coming from his perspiration and pores.

Stech is another of the prosecution witnesses to say Deedy either smelled of alcohol or appeared to be drunk the early morning of Nov. 5, 2011 when Elderts was fatally shot at the McDonald’s Kuhio Avenue restaurant. However, Stech acknowledged that she did not file the report on her observations about Deedy until January, 2013.

Deedy, 29, of Arlington, Va., who was here to provide security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, is on trial on a charge of murdering Elderts, 23, a Kailua resident.

City prosecutors say Deedy was driven by inexperience and alcohol when he shot the unarmed man. The defense maintains Deedy fired in self defense to ward off the drunken Elderts who attacked him and grabbed for the agent’s gun.

Deedy drank some beer earlier, but was not drunk, the defense contends.

The shooting occurred at about 2:45 a.m. Stech took Deedy’s photos and processed him for gun shot residue at the medical center at about 4:40 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Stech’s photos and other evidence were shown to the jury this morning.

The photos included shots of Deedy. The evidence included Deedy’s shirt and shorts that were stained with Eldert’s blood.

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