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Deedy had alcohol on breath, police officer testifies

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    Honolulu police officer Sterling Naki testifies today during the murder trial of State Department special agent Christopher Deedy.
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A Honolulu police officer testified this morning that State Department special agent Christopher Deedy said he had a gun and had shot a 23-year-old Kailua man laying in a pool of blood at the McDonald’s Kuhio Avenue restaurant early Nov. 5, 2011.

Officer Sterling Naki, the first officer at the fatal shooting scene, told the Circuit Court jury that Deedy was applying first aid to Kollin Elderts, trying to stop the bleeding from the fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

Naki said he could smell alcohol on Deedy’s breath and said the agent had glassy red eyes and some of his speech was slurred.

The officer said he handcuffed and arrested Deedy after the agent said he shot Elderts.

Naki testified in the fifth day of trial for Deedy, who is charged with second-degree murder and a related firearm charge.

The prosecution is alleging that Deedy was fueled by inexperience and alcohol when he shot Elderts without justification. Deedy is maintaining he fired in self-defense to ward off a drunken Elderts who attacked him and tried to grab the gun.

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