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Update on a Murder in Hawai’i.

18 May

Updated below.

There is a new development in the Deedy/Elderts murder case in Hawai’i.  My first article on this case is here: http://teri.nicedriving.org/2011/11/a-murder-in-hawaii/
Here is a brief summary from my second article to bring you up to speed (link to the full article at the end of this quote):

[…]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.[…]

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.[…] 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.[…] 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.

[From news article 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.[…]

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.[…] -the Star Advertiser, print version.

[Teri]: 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.

[from news article]: 27-year-old Christopher Deedy returned to his home in Virginia Saturday after gaining special permission to leave Oahu while awaiting trial[…]

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.[…]

http://www.kitv.com/news/30110360/detail.html#ixzz1iCaNMW00http://

teri.nicedriving.org/2012/01/follow-up-to-a-murder-in-hawaii/

A few points that I bring up in the comment section in the above article:

1) If Deedy had identified himself first, eye-witnesses would have said so. Not one single person interviewed for the news stories made any such remark, nor did anyone in the 911 tapes. Deedy was only referred to as “a guy”, “someone” or “a caucasian” who got in a fight with “another guy”, etc. Secondly, if he had properly ID’d himself, his attorney certainly would have brought that to light, as it would go a long way in exonerating his client. His attorney has taken pains to point out that Deedy is LEO [law enforcement officer], but has never said that Deedy identified himself as such. I don’t think that the grand jury would have indicted him on any level of murder charges had they felt he was legitimately acting in the role of LEO – they might have considered it negligent homicide, but not murder. I don’t believe that cops and other LEO get indicted on murder charges every time they kill someone in the line of duty.

2) As to whether or not Deedy was drunk himself; his own attorney won’t say. The att’y has said that Deedy was within his rights to refuse a blood alcohol test prior to arrest and in one interview for a local Hawaiian station, when asked if Deedy had been drinking, made the comment, “Well, he had been at a bar.” That is all he has said.

3) Federal law allows LEOs to carry concealed weapons on duty or off, but one of the stipulations is that the officer may not carry when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

4) Deedy is charged with two offenses. The issue of whether Deedy was acting as LEO and/or whether or not he was drinking seems to be addressed by the second charge he is facing: Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Hawaii Revised Statutes, HRS 134-21.

5) You [original commenter I am replying to] are mistaken in your belief about why Deedy was charged with second degree murder.[…] It turns out that in Hawaii, unlike most of the other states, 1st degree murder only applies in very limited cases, with strict definitions.

“Under Hawaii law, second-degree murder is defined as occurring simply ‘if the person intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another person,’ while first-degree murder involves specific kinds of victims.

“First-degree murder would pertain to someone who intentionally or knowingly causes the death of: more than one person in the same or separate incident; a law enforcement officer, judge or prosecutor involved in the prosecution; a witness in a criminal prosecution; a person by a hired killer, in which case the killer and the person who did the hiring would be charged; or a person while the defendant was imprisoned.”

Deedy is being charged with 2nd degree (HRS 707-701.5) because Elderts was not a judge, a LEO, a witness in a case, etc., and because Elderts was the only victim. It has nothing to do with Deedy’s intent or foreknowledge of Elderts. – from my own comment on “Follow up to a murder in Hawai’i.”

This past Monday, Deedy’s attorney filed a motion to have the charges dismissed.

Star Advertiser 17 May, 2012

Agent Claims Immunity in Shooting

The State Department special agent accused of fatally shooting a man at a McDonald’s restaurant in Waikiki in November claims he was performing his duties as a federal law enforcement officer and is therefore immune from prosecution under state law, according to records filed in the case this week.

Christopher Deedy, 28, is scheduled to stand trial in state court for murder in September.

However, his lawyer, Brook Hart, filed legal papers seeking to dismiss the case or to at least delay his trial.  Hart filed the documents Monday detailing Deedy’s version the events that culminated in the Nov. 5 fatal shooting of Kollin Elderts, 23, and the reasons Deedy believes he should not be prosecuted.[…]

Hart says Deedy was in Honolulu as a federal law enforcement officer on an official State Dept. assignment with the power of arrest and the right to carry a firearm.[…]

Deedy has claimed in previously filed documents that he was defending himself and his friend[…]when he shot Elderts.  He submitted a report from the doctor who treated him at the Queen’s Medical Center after his arrest.  The report from Dr. Kyle Perry says Deedy a scrapes and a broken nose from an assault.[…]

[Judge] Ahn is scheduled to hear arguments in July on Deedy’s immunity claim, his request to delay the trial, and a second request for a dismissal contending the grand jury proceedings in the case were defective.

As a matter of course, the defense received a video of the proceedings, which shows a prosecutor and police detective describing events as they unfold on a McDonald’s surveillance video.  The video was played to the grand jury on a television, but the video of the proceedings does not show the TV screen, leaving doubt as to whom and what the prosecutor and officer are talking about, Deedy claims.

Police said Deedy shot Elderts in the chest after an argument.  When officers arrived at the restaurant Deedy and Elderts were both covered in blood.  The officers said Deedy told them he had a gun and had shot Elderts.  Deedy also said he had a pocketknife, which police recovered in the restaurant.  Officers also noted that Deedy had red, glassy eyes and slurred speech.

It was Deedy who started the fight by kicking Elderts in the chest, said lawyer Michael Green, who is representing Elderts’ parents in their lawsuit against Deedy.

According to an autopsy, Elderts had abrasions from gunpowder on the right side of his face, a blood alcohol content of 0.127 and traces of the active ingredient in marijuana and cocaine in his system.

– from print version of Star Advertiser article, Thurs., 17 May, 2012

Deedy’s mug shots, taken shortly after his arrest, certainly show no sign of a broken nose.  Nor does he appear to have a broken nose, or marks or bruises of any sort on his face, in the photos taken by reporters at his grand jury hearing a few days later.  Witnesses say that after Deedy kicked Elderts to the ground, Elderts got to his feet and hit Deedy in retaliation.  That might be the point at which Deedy was injured, although from photos, he clearly suffered no major injuries at all.

Elderts had abrasions on his face from gunpowder residue.  That’s very close-range.  Deedy must have tried to shoot him in the face.  Maybe the first or second shot, both of which missed – the third, of course, entering Elderts’ chest.

The argument about the McD’s video is not that the jury couldn’t see the video or that the McD’s video doesn’t show what it is purported to show, but that in the courthouse video of the grand jury proceedings itself, whoever filmed the hearing was not positioned to catch both the witnesses testifying and the tv screen at the same time.  If the grand jury comes up with a true bill – i.e., decides the evidence merits prosecution – which they did in this case, the accused and his attorney are entitled to a transcript of witness testimony.

Each side has to share evidence prior to trial.  Since the McD’s tape is being used as key evidence, Deedy and his attorney will or already have received a copy of the original McDonald’s tape.  The whole “can’t see the tv” thing is a moot point.

In fact, today the same newspaper, the Star Advertiser, mentions this:

City prosecutors are asking a state judge to keep sealed a request to dismiss a murder charge against a State Department special agent and its supporting exhibits, which include surveillance videotapes of the fatal shooting at a McDonald’s Waikiki restaurant last year.

The defense for special agent Christopher Deedy this week filed the dismissal motion and supporting exhibits that include McDonald’s videotapes at the Kuhio Avenue restaurant.[…]

http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?action=login&f=y&id=152002455

I mentioned Peter Van Buren’s take on this case in my previous articles.  His opinion is interesting as it comes from a current State Dept. employee.  The following, however, is from the blog of a different and now-retired State Dept. employee, who held the same position that Deedy currently does.

Update: The Murder of Kollin K. Elderts in Honolulu: Thoughts and Analysis

Having devoted a career as a special agent at the US Department of State, I consider myself more than qualified to offer some thoughts on the murder of Kollin K. Elderts, 23, by US Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) special agent (S/A) Christopher W. Deedy, 27 in Honolulu on Saturday (November 5).

Although I strongly disagree with persons who have been charged with serious felonies to be tried in the court of public opinion, there are a number of issues in this case that concern me.

As a follow-up to my earlier posting on Deedy’s shooting death of Elderts, what makes this case so perplexing is the lack of news coverage on it since it occurred on November 5. Hence, my comments.

Unfortunately, my observations raise far more questions than they address.[…]

Was S/A On-Duty at the Time He Shot Elderts? No, considering that he was reportedly intoxicated, according to witnesses at the scene.

Was Elderts armed with a weapon? According to the Elderts family attorney, Michael Green, Elderts was not armed. Although police found a knife at the scene, it has not been connected to a specific owner. [Teri’s note: this has been clarified since.  Deedy claimed ownership of the knife found at the scene.]

Was Deedy armed with a firearm? Yes. From all indications he was carrying his DS-issued service weapon, even though according to witnesses he was visibly intoxicated. A prudent agent who knew he would be drinking while off duty, who did NOT have full police powers, would have locked the weapon in his car or secured it in a hotel safe deposit box.

Why was a DS agent assigned to Honolulu to support the protection of dignitaries at APEC intoxicated at 0300 hours in the morning? Unfortunately, there is no reasonable explanation to this question, particularly in light of the fact that he was carrying his service weapon while intoxicated.[…]

Has Deedy been charged with a crime? Yes, reportedly he was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Yet, he was released on $250,000 bail with no apparent restriction to remain in Honolulu.

Although DS agents are issued Diplomatic passports, they are not accredited diplomats when assigned domestically.

It is not normal for those charged with murder to be released on bail, particularly when they have the resources to flee the jurisdiction. One can only assume that he was released on bail because he was a federal agent.

What were the details of the altercation between Deedy and Elderts? According to press reports, after leaving a local bar, Elderts ended up in the Waikiki McDonald’s where they were joking around with workers in the restaurant when Deedy and three others walked into the restaurant. From all indications, an altercation commenced when Deedy “karate-kicked” Elderts in the chest, knocking him down, resulting in Elderts hitting Deedy. The two then began struggling with each other when Deedy fired three shots, one of which hit Elderts in the chest.

Were either Deedy or Elderts intoxicated? This question is problematic. Although the medical examiner’s office reported that Elderts blood-alcohol level was 0.12%, it is unknown whether Honolulu police conducted a breathalyzer test on Deedy before he was released on bail. If it was not conducted, it should have been.[…]

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2011/11/murder-of-kollin-k-elderts-in-honolulu.html

Deedy has already been allowed to bypass his travel restrictions (he was allowed to return to Va., provided he stay within 100 miles of his home.  His office at the State Dept. is within this radius.):

[…]Meanwhile, Deedy has been allowed to travel beyond his current 100-mile radius restriction. According to court documents, he has the court’s permission to attend a wedding July 27 in Cape Charles, Va. He was granted permission to visit his 84-year-old grandmother earlier this month in Naples, Fla.[…]

Hart also wants to delay the trial, scheduled for September, until at least March 2013.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/241956323d7641569602826373f42cf5/HI–Hawaii-Restaurant-Shooting/#share

Judge Ahn will rule on the motions to dismiss charges or to delay the trial in July.  If she agrees to delay the trial, it will mean that the Elderts family will have waited almost a year and a half to get justice in this case.  In the meantime, Deedy will be receiving his full salary as a State Dept. employee.  And he has had the unheard-of benefits of being allowed to post bail and leave the jurisdiction after being charged with murder, and has been able to have the trial delayed for months already.  The State Dept. refuses to discuss the case with the press.

UPDATE:  Sunday.

It turns out the insurance company who carries Deedy’s renter’s insurance on the Virginia house he and his wife live in, Allstate, has to cover the cost of his legal fees in the civil case being brought against him by the Elderts family.

BY JIM DOOLEY – In a flurry of motions this week, the attorney for accused murderer Christopher Deedy said the State Department security officer is immune from state criminal charges and accused prosecutors of improperly recording evidence against Deedy given to the grand jury last year.

In a related court development today, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that Deedy’s legal expenses in a wrongful death lawsuit pending against him here are covered by a renter’s insurance policy issued to Deedy and his wife in Arlington, VA in late 2010 by Allstate Insurance Co. […]

Another legal dispute related to the killing is playing out in federal court, where the family of Elderts has filed a civil suit against Deedy.Deedy made a claim against his Virginia renter’s insurance policy for coverage of his legal expenses in the lawsuit.

In Virginia federal court, Allstate said it was not obligated to pay Deedy’s legal expenses.

Today, Virginia U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ruled for Deedy, holding that Allstate has “a duty to defend” him in the suit.

Local attorney Robert Richards, who represents Deedy in the civil case here, confirmed that Allstate is now liable for Deedy’s legal bills.

Richards said he doesn’t expect the trial in the civil case to begin until after completion of the criminal case.

Michael Green, who represents the Elderts family in the civil case, said the U.S. State Department and Justice Department have not made a decision on whether to defend Deedy in the civil case.

http://www.hawaiireporter.com/legal-motions-fly-in-murder-case-against-u-s-state-department-agent-christopher-deedy/123

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21 Comments

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Deedy, State Dept/diplomacy

 

21 responses to “Update on a Murder in Hawai’i.

  1. Mark

    May 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Teri – I just read your blog post and am extremely concerned that you are perpetuating false allegations and “facts” that have no basis. Please stop putting the false statements and assumptions on the internet. There is a man on trial for his life who should not be and you run the risk of tainting the process with these mistakes.

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    • Teri

      May 23, 2012 at 4:36 am

      Mark,
      I am not sure what facts you think I am posting that are not true. Deedy shot and killed Elderts. That is a fact. The various motions filed, the judge’s decisions regarding bail, travel, etc. are a matter of public record. You are assuming Deedy should not be on trial. Perhaps you subscribe to the notion that anyone in some field or another of law enforcement, whether on or off duty, should be allowed to kill people without any examination of the incident.
      I do not.
      -Teri

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  2. Coffee Guy

    May 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Why does the prosecution want to hide the video so badly while the defense wants the public to see it? That should tell you something….

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  3. Coffee Guy

    May 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Deedy has been charged with murder but his defense lawyer, Brook Hart, argues that Deedy should be immune from state prosecution because he was acting in his official capacity as a federal law enforcement officer.
    The video shows that after Deedy id’d himself, Elderts and his friend Shane Medeiros attacked Deedy and a friend and then Elderts was fatally wounded by a single gunshot to the chest, according to Hart.
    The “video is compelling evidence in support of Special Agent Deedy’s motion to dismiss (the) indictment,” Hart argued.
    Hart maintains that Deedy, who is free on bail and living in Virginia, acted in self defense and in defense of others.
    The videotape, and still photographs taken from it, are attached to a defense motion to dismiss the case. The motion has been sealed from public view at the request of Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro’s office.

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  4. Coffee Guy

    May 29, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Teri,

    Will you apologize and admit you rushed to judgement when Deedy is cleared?

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  5. Kalena Helemano

    June 15, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I live in Honolulu. I have a simple, common sense point. If we invite International Conventions like APEC to be held on our island and there are Federal Agents here to protect people from acts of violence, then we should be willing to support those Federal Agents when they have to do their job. Period. (We were not there in MacD’s that night.)It is also not unusual that local “witnesses” would tell a different story than the truth. I am sorry that Kollin Eldert’s died, but I trust that Mr. Deedy was doing the job he was trained and hired to do. There is more to this story; like angry locals attacking a white Federal Agent. Many Hawaiian sovereignty groups are anti-US government terrorists and extremely dangerous. Your blog is irresponsible in misrepresenting the scope of Mr. Deedy’s duties. The details of the case are complicated and will probably involve the FBI and a far reaching investigation into the factions of Hawaiian hate groups. So, Teri, please realize you have a very limited perspective on your blog. Many people who live here will continue to support Christopher Deedy, while mourning for Kolin Eldert. WE live in fear every day.

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    • Teri

      June 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Kalena,
      I am not entirely sure which foreign dignitary the drunken Deedy was protecting at 3 a.m. in the McDonald’s. I’m not sure why bar-hopping with his best friends would be considered part of his duties, or how shooting an unarmed man to death becomes acceptable practice for any law enforcement officer. In fact, killing unarmed suspects is illegal for any officer, as is carrying a deadly weapon while drinking. Period. Mr. Deedy was not hired to kill the locals, no matter how rowdy, although he sure may have been trained proficiently in the deadly arts.

      You refer to the native Hawaiian groups as “terrorists” and “hate groups”. You must find living in Hawai’i to be most uncomfortable and nerve-wracking. I do agree, however, that you no doubt live in fear every day.

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  6. paxhonu

    June 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    To Kalena Helemano:

    You seem more likely boy than girl, with the same spelling challenges as Coconut Guy, though the idea of maybe a Coffee Guy posing at night sometimes as a wahine seems possible, right? Why all the interest in nomenclature? Because, this latest comment, like the comments from your other aliases, is definitely not coming from a Hawaiian, nor from ANY long term resident of Hawaii. It seems much more likely to be a nom de plume associated with either the Puu Kalena or Helemano military reservations, the Hawaiian/English name equivalent to Karen Herman, or, if you’re smart enough (which seems doubtful), running straight to etymological origin: a “Pure” (Kalena) “Man in the Army” (Helemano).

    In any event, you live in Honolulu in the same manner as any itinerant military posting would have you living anywhere else, location interchangeable: on base, likely in fear, and both uninformed and uncaring of the people and culture you have been sent by your masters to occupy.

    Your comment is absurd on every level. I see the falsehoods you spout about Hawaii because I, unlike some temporary Malahine army private huddling in fear on base, actually DO live in Honolulu, and have been in Hawaii for a very, very long time – long enough to most definitely be Kama’aina if not blood Hawaiian.

    So, Herman Base Mangirl, why should an uncritical “supporting of” or the simple “trusting that” someone was doing their job be “simple, common sense”? Simple minded and common maybe, but not sensible. Not when the Agent in question was drinking and carousing with friends, not “clients” (even the police report – as well as all the other, reported to date, eyewitness testimony including from patrons and employees of at least two bars and the MacDonalds – reports Deedy as being “red-eyed and slurring and apparently drunk” – all of which accounts you readily dismiss as untrue, though even his attorney admits he was “doing what one does at bars”), at 3AM, that’s 3AM in the morning AM, with no apparent connection to either job or duty and in clear violation of State Department policy and Federal and Hawaii State laws regarding carrying a firearm while out drinking on the town, on duty or not. (And he most surely was not on duty.) And then shooting an unarmed man? Common Sense to accept that without question? I don’t think so. Apparently neither does the Court. Deedy’s Motion to Dismiss on those specious grounds was just itself dismissed. He will face trial for Murder Two and for using a Firearm in the course of a Felony.

    You suggest angry locals attack white Federal Agents, and state unequivocally that “Many Hawaiian sovereignty groups are anti-US government terrorists and extremely dangerous.” Bullshit. Name one instance of such attack, or one single example of a dangerous terrorist Hawaiian sovereignty group or individual. Or any Hawaiian “hate group”. You can’t because it doesn’t exist. Our sovereignty movement holds peaceful annual sit-ins on the old Palace Grounds, wearing leis, and draping leis on the King Kamehameha statue. Apparently that scares you, though I don’t understand why it would. (Particularly when the “haters” you fear wander around completely unarmed and seem more interested in chatting up the Mickie D’s girl than anything else.)

    And exactly how many references have you found that Kollin Elderts belonged to any sovereignty group or independence movement, whatsoever (the football squad at his high school)? Um, Zero.

    Many here in Hawaii pray for justice for the murder of Kollin Elderts, and wonder why Deedy has already been given so much more latitude, e.g., light bail, out of state travel, continued employment, and the lengthy delay prior to trial than any other murder suspect in Five-O history.

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  7. Coffee Guy

    June 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Teri, you are biased to the point of being pathetic. You really should step away from this case as you are making yourself look incredibly foolish.

    “I am not entirely sure which foreign dignitary the drunken Deedy was protecting at 3 a.m. in the McDonald’s.”

    The only person proven to be drunk at this point was Elderts. Stop being biased and start being impartial.

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  8. Coffee Guy

    June 16, 2012 at 7:18 am

    At the end of the day the video will show:

    1. Elderts (young local with a criminal record drunk and high on cocaine) acting like an idiot in McDonald’s.
    2. Deedy (a Federal LEO) took it upon himself to tell him to cool it.
    3. Elderts threatened Deedy (FU Haole blah blah blah)
    4. An argument ensured
    5. Elderts and Sean Mederois attacked Deedy
    6. Elderts was shot

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  9. Teri

    June 16, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Dear “Reality”,
    I have not allowed your comments to be published, as the one thing I will not tolerate on this blog is racism, not even in comments.

    If you have anything pertinent to add to the discussion, find a way to say it that is not so blatantly and unnecessarily offensive.

    -Teri

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  10. Coffee Guy

    June 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    There is a story in today’s paper with eyewitness testimony from a security guard at McDonald’s and employees that all confirm that Elderts was threatening a patron before Deedy intervened and identified himself. Other people were also injured by Elderts and Medeiros.

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    • Teri

      June 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Yeah, Coffee Guy,

      I saw that story. It is indeed a “story”. It does not actually include “eyewitness testimony” from the security guard and employees – what it has is Deedy’s attorney making claims about sealed evidence, including eyewitness testimonies, claims which may or may not be factual. He can say whatever he wants about the “testimonies” at this point – who can ascertain the veracity of his comments? It’s a shame that the same newspaper supposedly so concerned about wanting the video released so that the truth can be known is also willing to repeat only statements made by lawyers from either side as the “full story” (although I notice the paper does not allow any remarks from the Elderts’ attorney to be printed in this article or the last two they published) without any fact-finding available to either the press or the public.

      Almost every single sentence in the whole article ends with “Deedy’s attorney said” – that’s some journalism right there.

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  11. Coffee Guy

    June 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    You had no problem citing erroneous info from the Elderts family attorney in the past. Why have a problem with Deedy’s? Again you are showing bias. I think it would be better if you covered from both sides with no slant. Your blog is called “a murder in Hawaii” but you don’t even know if it was yet. Could very well have been self defense from an unprovoked attacker.

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  12. pitchfork

    June 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    quote:
    Were either Deedy or Elderts intoxicated? This question is problematic. unquote

    ummm, When you are dead, I’d submit ya don’t really give a flyin f__k.
    However, if yo’all is the one who did the killen, I’d be a little nervous, considerin the consequences of ignorin those pesky employment mandate caveats.

    Ok, now where was I..oh yea…

    I’ll take Federal Cockroaches for $2k

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  13. Coffee Guy

    June 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    It’s almost as if your praying that Deedy wasn’t defending himself so you won’t so look so foolish in your rush to judgment against him.

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  14. pitchfork

    June 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    ps

    Observation to self. If and when one decides to eat Pink Slime, carry a weapon should a fellow patron decide his alchohol laced testosterone and employment mandate overule secondary mandate caveats.

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  15. pitchfork

    June 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I don’t think the victim gives a shit what you think, and neither do I. However, is there some part of DEAD you don’t quite grasp? How bout killing someone who DOESN’T have a weapon? Now, upon your return from whatever parallel universe you’ve been vegetating in..please read this sign at the border.

    Terminally Don’t Get It aliens subject to entry refusal. Apply for Galactic Dumb status at counter.

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  16. Coffee Guy

    June 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Found a great comment on this subject:

    A two on one confrontation with racial slurs levied at a person who appeared to just want to be left alone… How many times does that happen late at night after the bars close in Waikiki? I don’t think it is in Deedy’s DNA to just ignore a two on one confrontation that looked like it could turn physical any more than he could ignore a man being physical with a woman. Intervention happens more on the mainland than in Hawaii. Tragically, this incident turned deadly, but thank goodness for those who would come to the aid of those who may not be able to protect themselves. If anyone thinks, “Eh, f—— haole, you like beef?” is an isolated incident hasn’t spent much time in Hawaii, especially the Waikiki area. And usually it’s LOCALS attacking one haole. Those who were so quick to condemn, convict and sentence Deedy without knowing all the facts might want to reflect on the evidence revealed. I believe the video should be released for public viewing, because if Deedy is acquitted before a trial, there should be less of a public backlash and uproar. And if he DOES go to trial, jurors will know a little more of the truth of what happened that night.

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  17. jamilani

    July 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I think kalena and coffee guy should go have lunch with deedy, at mcdonalds.

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  18. Mixed Plate

    July 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Coffee Guy,
    I noticed you have not posted anything since the trial started. Do you have mud on your face now after finding out more of the facts?
    My son and his friends (2) were jumped by 10 drunk military guys in Waikiki while walking down the street minding their own business. And you wonder why?
    Did you see the video? Have you been following the trial? Then you will know that Deedy stuck his nose in where it did not belong after things were done. He confronted Elderts and his friend. He attacked first. When you start a fight, be ready to finish it. Play fair…fist to fist, no guns.
    When you visit someone elses place…show respect. If Deedy had just walked out…he would not be facing 2nd degree murder and Elderts would not be dead. For some reason, he felt it was his duty.

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