A key witness took the stand Thursday in the Christopher Deedy murder trial.
The man supposedly being bullied by shooting victim Kollin Elderts told jurors he never felt threatened.
Prosecutors brought Michel Perrine to the witness stand. He’s the one in the surveillance video at the Waikiki McDonald’s who was seen having some type of conversation with Elderts and his friend Shane Medeiros.
“I didn’t know what he said. I do know haole was a part of it, that’s the only thing I do remember Kollin Elderts saying,” Perrine said.
The defense had told jurors that Deedy was trying to protect Perrine because Elderts and Medeiros were bullying him. They say that’s how the argument started between Elderts and Deedy, which led to the scuffle, ending up with Deedy shooting Elderts. But Perrine says he never felt threatened.
“I don’t feel that I needed somebody. I don’t feel like it was that threatening of a situation,” Perrine said.
The defense points out that Perrine had a lot to drink that night and questioned his memory. He admitted he drank three shots of tequila and a pitcher of beer. The attorney brought up Perrine’s initial interview with a police detective right after the shooting, and he said he never saw Elderts and Deedy fighting, even though he was right there.
“I was so jumbled up that night with everything that was happening. I don’t know why I said that,” Perrine said.
Defense attorneys also showed jurors another video taken by someone with a cell phone right after the shooting. It shows Deedy trying to revive Elderts.The defense asked Perrine about Deedy’s condition.
“My impression was he was very calm. He seemed very calm as if he knew what he was doing,” Perrine said.
That was meant to support the defense argument that Deedy was not drunk. They admit he had a few beers, but say he was never intoxicated.
The trial takes a break on Friday and resumes on Monday.