Advice From Fellow Agent Questioned in Deedy TrialUPDATED 6:35 PM HST Jul 11, 2013Video Transcript
As the first week of the murder trial of a federal agent wraps up... the focus turns to a fellow agent. And a customer... caught up in turmoil. KITV4's Lara Yamada has our continuing coverage on the Christopher Deedy Murder Trial. Lara. It was meant to be "good advice" from one agent to another. But prosecutors believe that conversation primed Deedy in all the wrong ways... before a night out... got ugly. :01 1:12 TP1/1 @ 1250-12 Every day you open up a newspaper and there's another shooting in a school, church, courthouse and I feel responsibly to be prepared for that. Fresh off a plane from Washington D.C, Special Agent Ben Finkelstein and Special Agent Christopher Deedy talked about why Finkelstein has carried a gun, every day, for the past 5 years. TP1/1 1459-06 I said a firearm is like a pen, I walk through every day with a pen in my pocket, because I may need to write something and somedays I may not, but it's there in case I need it. Finkelstein -- with relatives on the island and a positive view on Hawaii life -- also warned Deedy about being seen as an outsider. TP1/1 @ 910-16 I made the distinction between haole and FN-haole which was used in a degogatory way likened to being called the "n-word." TP1/1 @ 1012-20 He mentioned that with the information I'd given him about for potential of incidents in this environment, that he intended to carry a firearm from that point. TP1/1 @ 1832-35 The only word that sticks out is haole. That very next morning, after partying with friends, his earlier advice appeared to be put to the test. With drunken patrons at a Waikiki McDonalds -- including Kollin Elderts and his friend Shane Medeiros -- coming together in all the wrong ways. TP1/2 @ 211-22 I could see someone standing up to say something, but to shoot somebody, I didn't see a reason. Customer Michel Perrine says, despite Elderts words to him, he doesn't remember feeling threatened. And was surprised when Deedy and Elerts clashed - the image of Deedy flapping up his shirt, exposing his gun -- that last thing he remembers -- until it was over. TP1/2 @ 127 I didn't know what to do. It was more the shock of seeing something go from an argument to the end result. Perrine admitted in court, he had three shots of tequila and a pitcher of beer that night. He said he didn't even remember the fight or the shooting -- until another patron at the scene -- told him about it later that morning. He told prosecutors he thought Deedy was drunk too -- not because he looked like it -- but he said -- because he assumed everybody at McDonalds at 2am must be intoxicated.