Former Marine describes threat made before deadly shooting

Alexander Byrd
Alexander Byrd

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A threat, then shots. That’s what one witness described as the murder trial of special agent Christopher Deedy continued Tuesday.

A former Marine who was at the McDonald’s that deadly night spent his second day on the stand and offered his take on what happened.

Surveillance video at a Waikiki McDonald’s played a central role in Tuesday’s testimony.

Alexander Byrd was at the restaurant on the morning of Nov. 5, 2011 when the shooting took place. Byrd testified that Kollin Elderts and a friend got into a confrontation with Deedy and his friends. That confrontation escalated.

It started with the parties exchanging words.

“The gentleman had been felt that Christopher Deedy had been staring at him aggressively or a certain way and said, proceeded to tell Christopher Deedy, ‘Well, what are you looking at? Do you have a problem? Do you have a problem?’” Byrd said.

Byrd claims that he tried to stop the two parties from arguing, but he testified things escalated until a physical confrontation began. He testified Elderts knocked Deedy to the ground and soon after that, Deedy pulled a gun.

“At this point, well the gentlemen just continued to try to struggle. Deedy tried to break free of the grip, and Kollin continued to try to hold onto his arms,” Byrd said.

Defense attorney Karl Blanke found several discrepancies in Byrd’s testimony compared to what he told police and a grand jury back in November, but Byrd claimed his memory had improved over time.

It also became clear in his testimony that he was across a crowded restaurant when he says he heard Deedy mumble, “I will shoot you in the face.”

Trial resumes Wednesday.

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