A prosecutor's opening statement echoes the one she delivered the first time a federal agent stood trial for murder in a shooting at a Waikiki fast-food restaurant.
Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Janice Futa told a new jury Thursday that State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy was fueled by alcohol and power when he shot Kollin Elderts in the McDonald's in 2011.
It's been about a year since Deedy's first trial ended with a deadlocked jury.
Deedy claims he shot Elderts in self-defense. The agent from Arlington, Virginia was in Honolulu providing security for an economic summit but was off-duty during the early morning shooting.
The retrial features new faces on the defense team. Defense attorney Thomas Otake says Deedy's actions were in line with his law enforcement training.
The prosecution's first witness was Maile Goodhue, a friend of Elderts.
We'll have complete coverage of the first day of the retrial tonight on KITV4 News at 5, 6 and 10.