Federal agent gears up for 2nd murder trial in Honolulu

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy is back in Honolulu to stand trial a second time for killing Kollin Elderts during an altercation in a McDonald's restaurant in Waikiki.
State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy is back in Honolulu to stand trial a second time for killing Kollin Elderts during an altercation in a McDonald's restaurant in Waikiki.

HONOLULU (AP) – The federal agent charged with murder in a 2011 shooting inside a Waikiki fast-food restaurant is gearing up for a retrial.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy of Arlington, VA is back in Honolulu to stand trial a second time for killing Kollin Elderts during an altercation in the McDonald’s restaurant. He contends it was in self-defense.

Last year’s trial ended with a deadlocked jury.

Attorneys are hashing out what evidence they don’t want the jury to hear.

A key difference this time around is that jurors will see a limited portion of a bystander’s cellphone video taken in the aftermath of the shooting.

Judge Karen Ahn is ruling jurors won’t see the part showing Deedy rendering aid to Elderts.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday and is expected to last three weeks.

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