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Deedy jury completes 2nd full day of deliberations with no verdict

    Christopher Deedy explains what happened while he was drawing his gun on the night of the altercation.

The Circuit Court jury in State Department special agent Christopher Deedy’s murder trial has completed its second full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict, court officials said at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The panel deliberated for about two hours Thursday afternoon after closing arguments and a full day Monday and today. The jury of eight men and four women are scheduled to return Wednesday morning.

Deedy, 29, who was here for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, is charged with murdering Kollin Elderts, 23, of Kailua, early Nov. 5, 2011 at the McDonald’s Kuhio Avenue restaurant.

The second-degree murder charge carries a mandatory life term with possibility of parole.

The jury does not have the option of returning a conviction on a lesser charge of manslaughter, which carries a maximum 20-year prison term.

The jury sat through 20 days of testimony during a trial spanning five weeks in Circuit Judge Karen Ahn’s courtroom.

Deedy, of Arlington, Va., is accused of firing his Glock 9 mm and fatally shooting the unarmed Elderts without justification. Deedy’s lawyers contend the agent fired in self defense.

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