Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 83° Today's Paper

Top News

Prosecutors attempt to block drug testimony in Deedy retrial

Nelson Daranciang

The state wants to prevent testimony that a Kailua man was high on cocaine when he was shot to death by a State Department special agent.

Christopher Deedy, 30, is standing trial in state court a second time because the first one last year ended with the jurors deadlocked. He testified that he shot Kollin Elderts, 23, in the chest in a Waikiki McDonald’s restaurant on Nov. 5, 2011, in self-defense.

Deedy was in Honolulu to provide security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Jonathan Arden, a forensic pathologist, testified in the first trial and in a pretrial hearing Wednesday that he believes Elderts was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol, based on the results of toxicology tests performed for the Honolulu medical examiner.

Comments are closed.