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The fate of federal agent Christopher Deedy is now in the hands of the jury.
Attorneys for both sides laid out their case during closing arguments on Thursday.
Prosecutors portrayed Deedy as someone who got drunk and acted irrationally from lack of experience as a federal agent.
The defense says Deedy did exactly what he was trained to do.
“Nothing more than a bully with a badge,” deputy prosecutor Janice Futa said.
Prosecutors say it was Deedy who started the fight at the Waikiki McDonald’s by kicking Kollin Elderts, and things escalated when Elderts essentially humiliated the federal agent.
“After Kollin Elderts was kicked, Kollin slapped the defendant in the face. How embarrassing is that? That is a slap in the face,” Futa said.
Futa also points out that Deedy, who’s been highly trained, missed when he kicked Elderts. He also missed at least the first shot when he fired at Elderts at close range.
“That tells you that this expert marksman, something else was happening at the time. And it tells you he was intoxicated,” Futa said.
The defense points out that Deedy was not drunk and there are reliable witnesses who testified to that such as the nurse who treated him at the emergency room.
“She knew there was no odor of alcohol, she knew that his speech was clear, she saw him walk within that emergency room and his walk was steady,” defense attorney Karl Blanke said.
Prosecutors say Deedy had no reason to use deadly force because Elderts didn’t have a weapon. But Blanke says by the time Elderts had Deedy pinned to the ground, Deedy’s life was in danger.
“When an officer goes to the ground, that is a deadly force situation. They’ve been overwhelmed by the individual,” Blanke said.
Prosecutors say Deedy could have just walked away before it escalated. But the defense points out that as a law enforcement officer, Deedy is obligated and trained to step in when there’s a problem.
It’s all or nothing for both sides — a murder conviction or an acquittal.
The judge ruled that a manslaughter conviction is not an option.
The jury will resume deliberations on Monday.
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- Deedy’s friend chronicles night of deadly shooting
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