Deedy trial day 2: Victim’s friend gives emotional testimony

Friend of Kollin Elderts

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The murder trial of Christopher Deedy continued in Honolulu Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutors showed a picture of Elderts, who was wearing a baseball cap, and six friends having dinner at a restaurant in Waikiki.

On Nov. 4, 2011 Elderts and his friends were celebrating two birthdays. They even made arrangements to stay at a hotel in Waikiki.

The evening had just begun and everyone was happy and looking forward to a big night out. Malie Goodhue was part of that crowd and she testified in court Tuesday about the phone call she got from a police officer telling her that Elderts had been in a fight.

“Olivia’s phone was ringing so I answered the phone, ‘Excuse me, sorry,’” Goodhue said.

That first phone call was cut off so she had to wait for the officer to call back. That’s when she found out that Elderts was dead.

“I didn’t believe it. I didn’t know what to do, so I was asking him questions, ‘Where’s Shane? Let me talk to Shane,’” Goodhue said.

Shane Medeiros, who was with Elderts at the McDonald’s on Kuhio Avenue when Elderts had a fight with Deedy.

Deedy is a special agent with the State Department who was in Hawaii for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in November 2011.

Prosecutors showed jurors the gun used by Deedy to shoot Elderts, as well as the clothes Elderts had been wearing, now covered in blood.

Prosecutors say Deedy had been drinking all night and abused his power.

The defense says Deedy was protecting himself when he fired at Elderts.

Goodhue went back to the hotel in Waikiki after the phone call and saw Medeiros.

“He was just crying and saying he’s gone he’s gone he was a mess,” Goodhue said.

Also on the stand on Tuesday was a Honolulu police officer who was first at the scene and verified the gun that was used by Deedy.

Prosecutors are trying to prove Deedy abused his power as a federal agent, while the defense says the shooting was in self-defense.

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