Christopher Deedy

BY JIM DOOLEY – City prosecutors have filed legal papers opposing transfer of the Christopher Deedy murder case to federal court, arguing that Deedy made the request far too late and is “forum shopping” for a more favorable trial venue.

Christopher Deedy

Deedy, a special agent with the U.S. State Department, is accused of murdering Kailua man Kollin Elderts in November during an early morning altercation in a Waikiki fast food restaurant.

Deedy’s defense lawyer, Brook Hart, filed a motion late last month to transfer the case out of state jurisdiction, arguing that Deedy, 28, was acting in self defense and in an official capacity when he fatally shot Elderts, 23.

Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Janice Futa opposed that transfer request in papers filed before U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi.

Futa said federal law requires that such a “removal” motion must be made no later than 30 days after the defendant’s arraignment.

Deedy was arraigned November 21 after an Oahu grand jury indicted him on charges of second-degree murder and use of firearm in the commission of a felony.

Federal courts allow for waiver of that deadline if “good cause” can be shown for the delay, but Futa said that Hart has failed to make such a showing.

“In the thirty days following Defendant’s arraignment, Defendant had the opportunity to

Christopher Deedy, left, with defense attorney Brook Hart

remove his case to federal court but deliberately chose not to do so,” Futa said.

“Defendant has no explanation as to why he could not have filed his notice of removal in a timely manner, nor has Defendant provided any good cause why he should be allowed to do so now,” the prosecutor argued.

She also asserted that Hart is “forum shopping” the case by asking that it be transferred “into a forum which Defendant apparently perceives to be friendlier.”

And the prosecutor alleged that Hart used the transfer motion as a vehicle to reveal his description of a videotape of the killing which state Judge Karen Ahn had earlier ordered withheld from the public.

Hart’s federal court filing “effectively circumvented” Ahn’s secrecy ruling because it included an even more detailed  defense description of what the video depicts than the earlier version which the judge sealed, Futa said.

Futa asked for a denial of the transfer request.

“The State’s interests in having this case adjudicated in State Court are extremely compelling,” Futa argued.

“Defendant is charged with violations of Hawaii State criminal law, for an act that occurred within the State of Hawaii, which resulted in the death of a citizen of HawaiI,” the prosecutor said.

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Jim Dooley joined the Hawaii Reporter staff as an investigative reporter in October 2010. Before that, he has worked as a print and television reporter in Hawaii since 1973, beginning as a wire service reporter with United Press International. He joined Honolulu Advertiser in 1974, working as general assignment and City Hall reporter until 1978. In 1978, he moved to full-time investigative reporting in for The Advertiser; he joined KITV news in 1996 as investigative reporter. Jim returned to Advertiser 2001, working as investigative reporter and court reporter until 2010. Reach him at Jim@hawaiireporter.com

5 COMMENTS

  1. im not surprised . asian especially japanese people run kangaroo courts in hawaii. if this was a local japanese hed get off scot free on a self defense defense. this is theyre big chance to get whitey .the local boy was acting very threateningly as they always do

    • Name a case where the "local Japanese" got off scot free. You sound so ignorant. I am going to guess that you are white…Deedy's actions proves that he is the "typical mainlander". Comes to Hawaii like he owns the land. Deedy's own friend warned him that "locals" don't like federal agents, mainlanders, or haoles. Sounds prejudice, just like you sound, James Stone. Having those thoughts in his head, he went drinking and carrying a gun to the places that his friend said not to go. Then, as a witness testified today, Elderts was saying to shoot him. Why would he say that? Deedy was threatening to shoot him. A Federal Agent should NOT conduct himself in that manner. Turning an exchange of words into a fatal shooting. Go google "Justin Roberts Honolulu"! This is how LEO's are supposed to conduct themselves in an intense situation. Learn how to defuse the situation without weapons first. Some people have a BIGGER mouth than they can handle and cannot mind their own business. If you step in to a situation that is NOT yours, try defusing it, NOT firing it up!

      • And from where you figured thgat he's white? If he said that you are black, you would consider it offensive. But you can say that he is white and nobody take any measures. Can you keep your racism out of this discussion, please?!

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