• DS Deedy Update: Shooting in Hawaii Now Headed to Third Trial?

    July 13, 2015

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    I didn’t realize that it had been almost two years since we had an update on the Chris Deedy (center in the photo) case, and a lot/not much has transpired. Let’s catch up!


    For those new to the story, in 2011 State Department Diplomatic Security Special Agent Christopher Deedy was briefly in Hawaii protecting then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Deedy, off duty, shot and killed a local man, Kollin Elderts. From there it gets complicated; allegations and denials of alcohol involvement, an inconclusive surveillance tape, the question of whether the shooting was in self-defense or not, it goes on, now heading into a fifth year of legal stuff. More background here.

    Two Trials So Far, No Conviction

    Since the shooting there have been two trials.

    Deedy’s first murder trial in the summer of 2013 ended with the jurors deadlocked on a murder charge. Hawaii Judge Ahn found that there was no evidence to support manslaughter and so did not allow the jurors to consider that lesser charge. Ahn then reversed herself in the retrial last summer (2014), allowing the jurors to consider manslaughter as well as other lesser charges, including assault. The jurors returned a not guilty verdict on the murder charge but were deadlocked on manslaughter (manslaughter is “the crime of killing a human being without malice aforethought, or otherwise in circumstances not amounting to murder.”)

    Third Trial to Come?

    Deedy’s lawyers filed motions to block the third trial; the prosecutor in Hawaii wanted it to go through. Judge Ahn rejected the key defense motions and allowed the trial to proceed. Deedy’s attorney instead will present the same motions to dismiss, the ones Ahn has already rejected, to the Intermediate Court of Appeals.

    If the Appeals Court also rejects the motions, a third trial could commence in the fall. If the court grants the motions, the Deedy criminal case is over and he is a free man.

    I could not locate any information on the status of a civil suit by Kollin Elderts’ family.

    Throughout the four+ years since the shooting, Deedy has been out on bail, still employed by the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Since a condition of his bail is that he cannot carry a firearm, he has been assigned to some sort of unspecified desk duty on full salary.

    Last Words… For Now

    The Deputy City Prosecutor Janice Futa argued in favor of a third trial. “Justice demands for Kollin Elderts and his family that we pursue this case,” she said.

    Deedy’s lawyer said the state has had enough chances. “This is not about justice. This about trying to convict Agent Deedy of something.”

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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...


      A possible civil trial may get some interesting results. DS is probably hoping Deedy will move to the Deparatment of the Interior. There he might be permitted to carry a compound bow as long as his quiver doesn’t hold more than two arrows.

      07/13/15 8:38 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Come on folks! Don’t let me hang out here all alone! Peter may pull my posting privilege.

      07/13/15 2:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Deedy gets a desk job with full benefits; whistle blowers get indefinite admin leave. But it’s ok if you pick a fight, while drunk and on duty, and resort to claiming to feel threatened to justify shooting someone to kill them.

      Maybe NOT getting drunk wouldn’t add to so much instability, especially while on duty? It’s a disgrace how this guy comports himself on his watch. It’s a wonder he didnt shoot bystanders in his state.

      And the Department finds the excuse to target whistelblowers

      07/13/15 4:15 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      The guy was a cowboy who should never have been allowed to become a DS agent. When off duty- don’t carry your weapon. I believe he was technically off duty.

      07/13/15 4:53 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Living proof jury pools are full of chromasomally aberrant numbskulls. I’ve got $1k that says if THEIR relative was the victim, Deedy would have been convicted at the first trial. Meanwhile, the mere fact this murderer is still employed by State is beyond absurd. Of course, we all know absurd is DOS’s SOP.

      Speaking of absurd, I need a good, raucous, side splitting laugh. Any new DOS “dancing” videos? Like the Iran nuclear talks? 🙂

      07/14/15 6:10 AM | Comment Link

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