Evidence specialist: Deedy smelled of alcohol hours after deadly shooting

HPD evidence specialist Toy Stech.
HPD evidence specialist Toy Stech.

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It was hours after a deadly shooting at a Waikiki McDonald’s when a State Department special agent was being photographed by a Honolulu Police Department evidence specialist.

The specialist was trying to document and collect evidence as Christopher Deedy stands trial for murder in the shooting death of Kollin Elderts.

Pictures, skin swab tests, and actual clothing was introduced as evidence on Wednesday.

“This is exhibit 179. These are the boxer briefs that I recovered from Mr. Deedy that morning,” HPD Evidence Specialist Toy Stech said.

Deedy had several photographs taken of his body, face, and hands, all in an effort to document what happened in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2011.

He also had tests done on his hands.

“The back of your hand. You have to think about if you’re holding a gun, where that hand is going to be touching. So, in this instance, it’s the back of your index finger, and the webbing between your index finger and thumb,” Stech said.

KHON2 also got to see Adam Gutowski, who was with Deedy on that deadly morning.

A witness to the altercation inside the Kuhio Avenue McDonald’s said Gutowski was actually the first person to initiate physical contact in the incident that ended with Elderts dead.

Even several hours after the shooting, the HPD specialist said one thing was still noticeable.

“He kind of had two scents of alcohol. First, I noticed like a sour smell of alcohol, like when you’re sweating it out of his person. And as I got closer and he spoke, I could smell it on his breath,” Stech said.

Deedy’s defense team pointed out that wasn’t put in a report by Stech until more than a year after the shooting.

Prosecutors say in most routine cases evidence specialists just collect evidence and don’t give testimony to be presented in a trial.

Deedy claims self defense in the shooting. The prosecution believes the special agent overstepped his duties after a night of drinking.

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