• State Dept Security Agent Deedy Murder Trial (Finally) Underway

    July 18, 2013

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    Posted in: Embassy/State

    Two years ago State Department Diplomatic Security Special Agent Christopher Deedy was briefly in Hawaii protecting Hillary Clinton. Deedy, off duty, shot and killed a local man. Two years later the case has finally come to trial, with new revelations made public, including an airing of the surveillance camera video of the shooting. For more background on the case, see here. Now, let’s dive in and have a look ourselves.

    Deedy is on trial for Murder in the Second Degree and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Separate Felony, punishable by a term of life in prison. After various abandoned defense pleadings, including that Deedy acted in his legal capacity as a federal law enforcement official, Deedy’s current defense strategy is to claim he acted in self defense. That argument will require Deedy’s lawyer to convince a local jury that as a trained law enforcement officer from the State Department temporarily in Hawaii for wholly unrelated reasons, after a night on the town with friends, Deedy was required to fire multiple shots at near point-blank range into an unarmed inebriated local man inside a crowded McDonalds at 2:30 am because he was in fear of serious bodily injury or death.

    Now, let’s look at the video of the whole incident. I cannot embed the video here, so promise that after you hit the link and watch it, you’ll come back! FYI, the linked page has two video clips. I recommend you watch the second clip first, a summary, and then look at the whole unedited piece at the top of the page. There is no sound. OK, here’s the link. I’ll be waiting here.

    Thanks for coming back. Here are some observations.

    – A lot more people than we previously knew were directly involved in the incident. It should be easy to establish what was said, and, with the video, what happened. One newspaper suggested over 100 witnesses will be called.

    – The people involved, both those with Deedy and those with the victim, appear to be trying to break up the scuffle. Deedy will need to explain why he continued to fight with the victim instead of allowing his friends to back him away early on.

    – One of Deedy’s friends, the woman with the long black hair, appears to actively try and break up the scuffle. Speculation: if either of the people with Deedy were fellow security personnel, and neither felt the need to draw his/her weapon, that will raise questions about Deedy’s own action.

    – Deedy appears to reach for his weapon fairly early on, but does appear to draw it until later.

    – Deedy’s reason for getting involved in the first place, that the shooting victim allegedly “bullied” another man, seems to have been entirely verbal in nature. The bullied man does not appear to be reacting to whatever was being said to him. There was no physical contact shown. Deedy will be asked to show why as a law enforcement official he was compelled to get involved. Deedy’s own lawyer stated “These [slurs] are now fighting words. This is a threat of violence. This is what Deedy is trained to perhaps respond to, although he wasn’t here to respond to the laws of harassment or bullying. He’s a federal agent and his job is to serve the community.”

    – On Deedy’s supporters’ page, the acts are described as “Chris saw two men harassing a patron of a Honolulu McDonald’s. Chris responded and tried to diffuse the situation. He identified himself to the men as a federal agent and he and his friend were subsequently attacked by the men… Chris observed these men injure his friend, and felt he himself was going to be more seriously injured or killed, so he drew his firearm.” It is unclear from the video at what point if any Deedy’s friend was injured.

    – Deedy appears to throw the first blow, a kick at the victim. Prosecutors have claimed that Deedy instigated the incident.

    – Deedy’s mug shot is shown above. One of the Honolulu police officers involved stated to the court that “there was a ‘strong odor’ of alcohol on the federal agent and that his eyes were ‘red and glassy’ and that Deedy’s footing was ‘uneasy’ as they walked to the police cruiser. That same cop oddly went on to repeat these statements on his personal Facebook page. Deedy’s lawyer’s attempt to block the testimony based on bias was denied by the judge after she determined none of the jurors had seen the Facebook page. Deedy refused a sobriety test on the night of his arrest and the Honolulu police inexplicably did not compel him to take it. Another officer who testified during the case admitted to losing a camera that he used to take photos of the crime scene.




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  • Recent Comments

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      Another video of Deedy here, with sound:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR2ErbKh51s

      07/18/13 11:20 AM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      “He identified himself to the men as a federal agent and he and his friend were subsequently attacked by the men”…

      Since his status as a “Federal Agent” gave him absolutely zero authority to enforce any laws of the state of Hawaii, his reference to that status could reasonably have been taken as an implied threat of unlawful force.

      07/18/13 1:46 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Seedy Deedy indeedee. Unfortunately, even if he is convicted, federal agents won’t see the typical prison. Nosireebob..can’t have our “servants” serving time with ..ahem..”criminals”…like John Kiriakou. Nosireebob…..

      What a slimeball.

      07/18/13 3:40 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ps..

      quote:”Deedy refused a sobriety test on the night of his arrest and the Honolulu police inexplicably did not compel him to take it. Another officer who testified during the case admitted to losing a camera that he used to take photos of the crime scene.”unquote

      Yesireeebob…”inexplicably”. Living proof.

      07/18/13 3:43 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ps..I’m surprised Eric Holder isn’t representing Deedy himself. Youbetcha..the two tiered in-justice system personified.

      07/18/13 3:45 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      on a side note to Rich’s observation..here is the plumb bob of news the MSM will NOT cover…

      http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/07/17/federal-appeals-court-restores-us-governments-indefinite-detention-power-previously-blocked-by-judge/#comments

      yesireebob..the PERMANENT DETENTION OF US CITIZENS WITHOUT ACCESS TO DUE PROCESS per the NDAA..is now the law of the land.
      Nothing to see here folks..move on along. Now, here is what you OUGHT to be watching..

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/17/zimmerman-trayvon-martin-sanford-jury-seminole-county/2530283/

      On the other hand, here is an option for ya…
      http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/3-legged-donkey-Emma-A-lesson-for-veterinarians-4672447.php

      You betcha..that’s more like it..and you’ll like it alright..after all..a three legged donkey in even more interesting than the Kardashians!! What more could you ask for…right? right.

      Now DO IT..before we detain you..permanently!!

      (sighing)America..land of the INSANE and home of the IMBECILIC…bartender..another round please.

      07/18/13 4:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      While Dirty Deedy is the one on trial, DS is also on trial as Dirty Deedy’s actions demonstrate a DS failure to recruit and train its agents properly like REAL law enforcement agencies, a situation that has been documented by the State OIG whistleblower. As the OIG whistleblower documented, there has been a significant decline in DS hiring standards post 9-11 and increasingly these clowns are the ones doing the hiring and training.

      07/18/13 6:48 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      “there was a ‘strong odor’ of alcohol on the federal agent”

      No, that was the formaldehyde on his burger.

      07/19/13 10:27 AM | Comment Link

    • Blue Diamond said...

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      One small correction: Deedy was in Honolulu for the APEC conference. Obama was there but Hillary Clinton was not. Deedy was supposed to provide security for various heads of state and other dignitaries attending the conference.

      07/19/13 11:23 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      “Deedy was supposed to provide security for various heads of state and other dignitaries attending the conference.”

      Just in case any of them showed up at McDonalds at 2:30 AM.

      07/20/13 4:06 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”Just in case any of them showed up at McDonalds at 2:30 AM.”unquote
      BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA
      perfect. melove….yer killen me …

      07/21/13 7:17 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”No, that was the formaldehyde on his burger.”unquote

      C’maan melove…stop it. I can’t get off the floor long enough to recouperate.

      07/21/13 8:07 PM | Comment Link

    • Robert Osmani said...

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      @ Rich Bauer: You say “DS is also on trial as Dirty Deedy’s actions demonstrate a DS failure to recruit and train its agents properly like REAL law enforcement agencies…these clowns are the ones doing the hiring and training.” Let’s take a look at some interesting points:

      The positions of Assistant Secretary of State for DS and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security/Director of DSS are held by one man.

      This is the same person who recently testified that the high-level DS employees on administrative leave should not have ‘their entire career…blotted by one single action because they are, in many ways, as dedicated as we are.’ Considering how many employees over the years have been ripped to pieces or left to wait and wait on ‘charges’ of ‘misconduct’…

      The OIG inspection (investigation??) has not led to any real changes – the general belief is that it just doesn’t matter. DS is prone to seeing this inspection and the news articles that it spawned as a full-scale ‘attack’ against DS and not worth cold spit. Don’t expect change.

      It’s often said that law enforcement agencies may ‘take care of their own’ – this particular group only takes care of select employees (like the ones who assault local guards or commit crimes). The rest, well, they can go f*k themselves because they’re ‘obviously’ guilty. Good luck with that one if you’re on the wrong side of that equation.

      DS needs more help than it can possibly get any time soon, if ever. When was the last time a long-term drug addict willingly admitted she needed help… Just not sure what else needs to happen for things at State to swing towards common sense and basic compliance with the laws of this nation.

      07/22/13 1:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Keepnit Real said...

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      You all seem to conveniently leave out the fact that the “local man” attacked Deedys after threatening him and knocking him down a second time. Not to mention the fact that Deedy’s friend had been hit by Eldert’s buddies so hard that he fell into and out a side door as they continued to peruse him and punch him. Convenient to try and blame Deedy’s for everything and of course leave out that he was being attacked! You make it sound like he got his feelings hurt over a racial slur and just started shooting for no reason. Get real! It’s sad that Kollin Elderts died that night over such a stupid fight. But it wouldn’t have happened if he had not been drunk and high on cocaine running his mouth threatening and attacking. His family and friends need to face the hard facts no matter how hard it is. Otherwise this kind of behavior is glorified.

      07/25/13 11:17 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      If you watch the video, please point out to us a) at one time point it is shown that Deedy’s friend is “hit so hard that he fell into and out a side door.” I did not see any such thing; b) at what time point it is unambiguously clear that Elderts instigated the fight.

      Please also explain why Deedy had any reason to get involved in any way if two local mean unknown to him may have exchanged words at the counter. That act is on the tape. If words were exchanged, neither man moved toward each other or acted aggressively. What criminal act was Deedy interceding in?

      Also, Deedy’s friends try and restrain him numerous times, while Deedy continues to approach Elderts aggressively (on tape). How does that square with Deedy then shooting dead a man in self-defense?

      While innocent until proven guilty, if the case was as clear as you seem to think, why were murder charges even filed?

      Anyway, what we say here is irrelevant to the outcome. A jury will decide.

      07/25/13 1:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Manapua said...

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      Deedy’s friend (Gutowski) was attacked by Shane Medeiros and also Elderts (after he knocked down Deedy the first time). You can even see Elderts briefly on top of him in the first video after he knocks down Deedy.

      07/25/13 1:51 PM | Comment Link

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