Opening statements delivered in Waikiki murder trialUPDATED 7:18 PM HST Jul 08, 2013Video Transcript
the deadly shooting... the murder trial of a federal agent has begun. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. And I'm Yunji de Nies. This is Hawaii's only Hour-long 6 o-clock newscast. Special Agent Christopher Deedy is accused of shooting and killing another man at a Waikiki McDonalds. KITV4's Lara Yamada joins us with opening statements from circuit court. And Lara it sounds like there was a clear theme today... Alcohol. Who drank. And how much. That was one of the primary focuses in Day One of Deedy's murder trial. Attorney's on both sides admit they'll be weaving through evidence, and a witness list, clouded by alcohol and conflicting testimony. TP1--1131-38 In the defendants own texted words, he said we're gonna have dinner and craziness after. Prosecutors focused much of their time painting a picture of a bar- hopping, boozed-up Special Agent Christopher Deedy, who they say, had been warned the locals might not be so friendly. TP3---810-18 You didn't see any signs of intoxication? Not that I can remember. But defense attorneys aimed to debunk the Coconut Willy's bartender who filled out Deedy's final tab. Admitting she never saw Deedy drinking -- nor thought he looked drunk. TP2--211-16 This case ladies and gentlemen is about self defense and the defense of others. Instead, defense attorneys focused more on the early morning scene at McDonalds. Where, they say, Deedy encountered 23-year-old Kollin Elderts and friends, harrassing other customers before getting into a fight with Deedy's friend. TP2--2807-17 It looks like a potentially violent situation developing. What are they trained to do? Stop it before it becomes violent. Defense attorney's argued a SOBER Deedy ended up getting attacked by Elderts -- before he fired that fatal shot. TP2--2835-45 And Edlerts turned to Deedy and gets opositional. Eh f you haole, what you budding in for? TP2--3155 Eh you what gonna shoot me? You gotta gun? Attorneys on both sides say surveillance video supports their clients cases -- showing who was the agressor and who started the fight that ended in Elderts shot dead. TP3--1425-29 Consumption of any alcohol while armed or 6 hours prior to being armed. But with the day's final witness, prosecutor's refocused on alcohol. Deedy's APEC supervisor, outlining clear rules: no drinking, not even a little, while carrying a gun. TP1--4512-25 The defendant was fueled by alcohol, primed by warnings given to him by the hostile locals, and ignited by the power of his glock. We have yet to see the surveillance video from inside the McDonalds... but prosecutors say it's actually still shots -- taken every couple of seconds -- and parts of it are pretty fuzzy. Still, both sides are banking that the images will prove to jurors -- it was THEIR client who was attacked. The trial is expected to take a month or two. Last week, Deedy's attorney said it is "likely" Deedy will -- at some point -- take the state stand. Back to you.