Trial begins for federal agent accused of Waikiki murder

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UPDATE: Trial underway for federal agent accused of Waikiki murder

The murder trial for a federal agent accused of fatally shooting a Kailua man two years ago in Waikiki is underway.

Christopher Deedy is charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Kollin Elderts in 2011.

At the time, Deedy was in Honolulu on state department business for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference.

In August 2012, a judge denied a motion to move the trial to federal court. Deedy’s lawyer is appealing, saying his client is a federal employee and is entitled to present his defense in federal court.

Opening statements began at 9 a.m. Monday in Circuit Court.

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