See my original post “A Murder in Hawai’i” here:
The gist of the case is as follows: on the 5th of November, a special agent named Christopher Deedy, assigned to protect diplomats who would be attending the APEC conference in Hawaii, went out on the town. For some reason, he was carrying his gun and a knife while out drinking. He had an argument of some sort with a 23-year-old Hawaiian resident named Kollin Elderts while both were drinking in a bar. Elderts left the bar and went to the nearby McDonald’s. Special Agent Deedy followed Elderts there. Their argument apparently continued. Eye-witness testimonies differ slightly on several small details, which I will point out as they occur in the story. The internet has now been scrubbed of the witness statements and 911 calls, and even some of the original news stories have disappeared.
At the McDonald’s, the two men (and possibly several others, friends of one or the other – accounts differ) argued. Tests on Elderts’ body later showed that he was legally drunk at the time of his death. Deedy “declined” a blood-alcohol test, although a number of witnesses said he appeared intoxicated. At one point, Elderts laughingly asked Deedy, “What are you going to do – shoot me?”, to which Deedy responded, “How would you like to get shot tonight?” All witnesses agree that Deedy then kicked Elderts in the chest, knocking him down. Deedy then pulled out his service revolver and fired three shots, one of which hit Elderts in the chest, killing him. At this point, accounts differ again. According to one witness, Deedy left the McDonald’s immediately, but came back in when sirens were heard. According to other witnesses, Deedy never left. In any case, by the time the police and paramedics got there, Deedy had pulled out his knife, cut open Elderts’ shirt, and started CPR on Elderts. [This is the strangest way to perform CPR I’ve ever heard of and I dare not speculate on why Deedy pulled out his knife. I leave that to your imagination.]
A security tape from inside the McDonald’s exists and was used to charge Deedy with 2nd degree murder. This tape has not been released to the public, although it would answer any questions as to the sequence of events and who “aggressed” on whom. It is known for certain, however, that Elderts had no weapon of any sort. The police also have bar receipts showing Deedy’s purchases at the bar earlier which would offer evidence of how much he drank and verify the fact that he was in the bar at the same time as Elderts and did, in fact, follow Elderts to the McDonald’s. The claim that Deedy was acting in self-defense or in defense of others is peculiar, considering that Elderts was unarmed and had already been knocked to the ground by Deedy’s karate kick to the chest. Eye-witnesses were, oddly enough, only interviewed briefly the night of the murder, with little to no follow-up. For awhile, one could also listen to their 911 calls on youtube. Those interviews, transcripts of interviews, and 911 calls have since been scrubbed from the internet, or otherwise suppressed – either by the police department pending the trial or by some other party such as attorneys or perhaps even the State Department, seemingly on behalf of Deedy’s defense.
Deedy was charged with 2nd degree murder (rather than 1st degree), and was allowed to go free after posting a $250,000 bond. He was placed on paid administrative leave from the State Department and told to remain in Hawaii. Now, however, he has been allowed to return to his home in Virginia and will work at a desk job at the State Dept. I don’t know what you have to do to actually get fired from the State Dept, but apparently murdering the locals doesn’t do it. The trial has been postponed until September, by which time, the McDonald’s security tape may well mysteriously vanish. Nowhere is it explained why a person who is charged with murder, State Dept. employee or not, was set free on bail or allowed to leave the state in which he is charged. I doubt that had the situation been reversed, and Elderts been the one charged with murder, any judge would feel sympathy enough for his “financial situation” to release him to return to work thousands of miles away. In any case, Deedy was on paid leave during this time. His income has not been affected by the murder charges, except to the extent that he had to rent a condo in paradise while awaiting trial. The State Department will not answer any questions on this case beyond saying that they “support” Deedy; I wonder if their support included paying his Hawaiian condo rent until he returned home on Saturday.
Honolulu, Hawaii 31 Dec, 2011
by Ken Kohnyashi
Agent accused in fatal shooting can travel. Christopher Deedy will return to live and work in Virginia until his trial.
State Department special agent Christopher Deedy can now return home to Virginia pending his trial in September on charges of murdering a 23-year-old Kailua man early Nov 5 at the McDonald’s restaurant on Kuhio Avenue.
Circuit Judge Karen Ahn granted a request Friday by Deedy’s lawyer Brook Hart to modify the bail conditions to allow him to leave Hawaii and reside at his Virginia home and work at a desk job with the State Department.
After the hearing, Deedy’s only comment was that he was “glad to be going home.” Hart said Deedy could get there this weekend, depending on whether they can arrange for a flight.
Deedy, 27, of Arlington, Va., who was here for the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, is charged with fatally shooting Kollin Elderts in the chest.
Deputy Prosecutor Jan Futa opposed the defense request, saying Deedy has no family or ties here and “good reason” not to return.
Ahn noted that Deedy has posted bond covering the $250,000 bail already approved by another judge.
“I cannot believe the federal government will permit anything other than the proper administration of justice,” she said.
She also set conditions that include requiring that Deedy be unarmed and work at a desk job. In addition, he cannot travel beyond 100 miles of his home.
In arguing for the modification, Hart told Ahn that his client has the “complete support of the State Department” and has “a compelling case of self-defense and defense of others.”
In his request, Hart said that his client’s bond was posted by the equity in his parents’ $455,000 home.
He also said Deedy has educational loans totaling $85,000, which were cosigned by his sister and aunt, who would be left with the debt if Deedy fled.
Hart said Deedy cannot afford to pay the $1400 monthly rent for his Virginia home and his current $900 a month rent for a one-bedroom unit in a hotel-condominium building here.
His most significant asset, Hart said of his client, who has worked about 2 1/2 years with the State Department, is a 2001 auto worth about $1800.
-the Star Advertiser, print version.
Actually, he has already returned home; he immediately took a late night flight back to Virginia after the hearing. Guess arranging for a flight isn’t so difficult when you have the support of the State Department.
27-year-old Christopher Deedy returned to his home in Virginia Saturday after gaining special permission to leave Oahu while awaiting trial. According to Deedy’s lawyer for his criminal proceedings, Brook Hart, Circuit Judge Karen Ahn granted the special permission Friday afternoon. Deedy then took a “late night” flight back to Virginia that evening. Hart added that the permission likely granted as a result of Deedy’s home and work being conducted in Northern Virginia…
He will not return to his normal work as a State Dept. agent, according to Hart. He will continue working for the department as an analyst and is not permitted to have his weapon or engage in other security detail. Under the special agreement Deedy must also stay within a 100 mile radius of his Northern Virginia home.
Deedy’s lawyer issued assurances that he will return to court when criminal proceedings continue, which is currently set for September 10, 2012…