Christopher Deedy, 27, the federal agent accused of fatally shooting 23-year-old Kollin Elderts of Kailua on the eve of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit has been allowed to return to his Virginia home and employment–to an unarmed desk job for now, of course–until his trial resumes on Sept. 10, 2012. Deedy left the Islands on Dec. 30, 2011, after Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn granted a request by his lawyer, Brook Hart, asking to modify the conditions of his bail.
When asked about the upcoming trial, Hart commented, “If I had anything to say, it would be this: People in the community should wait to make a judgment about Mr. Deedy’s guilt or innocence until after the evidence is presented, not based upon speculation and rumor, as is now the case.”
With all of the surveillance cameras installed in Waikiki for APEC, what actually happened may in fact be well documented. “It seems that there are many potential witnesses,” said Hart, “and it could be a lengthy trial.”
Meanwhile, that the trial will start nearly one year after the offense in question took place says little for judicial expedition. It also leaves open the many questions Elderts’ family must have about the events leading to his death early Nov. 5 at the McDonald’s on Kuhio Avenue.