Arresting officer, eyewitness testify in Deedy murder trial

Honolulu Police Department Officer Sterling Naki

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The Christopher Deedy murder trial continued on Monday and a witness to the deadly shooting took the stand.

Taylor AuYoung was with a group of friends at McDonald’s the night Deedy shot Kollin Elderts.

She says she was sober and the designated driver.

Au Young said she heard arguing and then pops.

The first police officer on scene also gave testimony on Monday. He said Deedy smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech.

Cell phone video shows Honolulu Police Department Officer Sterling Naki on the scene within minutes of the shooting. Deedy was actually tending to Kollin Elderts, trying to stop the bleeding from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Officer Naki checked on the victim’s condition.

“At the time, I got a light pulse, but between my hand shaking, I could have mistaken it as my hand. But at the time, there was no pulse,” Officer Naki said.

In just a few minutes, Emergency Medical Technicians arrived. That’s when police were able to question Deedy.

“I asked the defendant to step on the side. I asked him if he had anything on him, anything sharp. Anything that was going to poke or prod me. He told me that he had a gun. I said, ‘A gun?’ And he said, ‘Yes I shot him.'”

That’s when Naki said he smelled something.

“When I spoke to him, when he knelt his head down towards me to notify me that he had a weapon as well as that he shot Mr. Elderts. I could smell an alcoholic-type beverage emanate from his breath.”

That’s not the only thing that pointed to drinking that night.

“His eyes had a dazed, or glassy looks, red. He had slurred speech, but it wasn’t bad,” Officer Naki said.

Deedy was in Hawaii for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Waikiki to provide security.

The State Department Special Agent doesn’t deny shooting and killing Elderts, but his defense team claims it was in self-defense.

Prosecutors say Deedy over stepped his bounds and that’s why he’s standing trial for murder.

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