Closing arguments over in Christopher Deedy murder trial, jurors deliberating

Murder or acquittal only options

Published  6:31 PM HST Aug 15, 2013
Christopher Deedy
HONOLULU -

"Self defense and defense of others by a law enforcement officer. That's what this case is about," began defense attorney Karl Blanke.

"No matter how thorough the training, if that training is subverted by pride and unchecked ego, then the concept of serve and protect goes out the window," said deputy prosecutor Janice Futa.

In Futa's own words it was the highly-trained law enforcement officer verses the loud, obnoxious kid.

"But being loud is not a crime," said Futa.

In closing arguments in special agent Christopher Deedy's murder trial, both sides zeroed in on the spark that ignited the fight and how it escalated into tragedy.

"Add to that, alcohol and inexperience in the mix and it's why the defendant is here, driven by sense of hubris, nothing more than a bully with a badge," said Futa.

"There is no doubt that agent Deedy shot and killed Kollin Elderts. That's a fact and nobody disputes it. But it does not mean special agent Deedy murdered Kollin Elderts. Special agent Deedy's intent was not to kill Kollin Elderts. His intent was to protect life. His intent was to stop the threat," said Blanke.

Defense attorneys walked jurors through surveillance video one more time.

They highlighted what they believe is proof that Deedy followed his training every step of the way.

"Restraint. That's what we see over and over from special agent Deedy when confronted by Elderts. Restraint," said Blanke.

But despite the kicks to Deedy's friend, Adam Gutowski, and the blows by Elderts, attorneys argued whether, ultimately, Deedy had had the choice to simply walk away.

"What kind of law enforcement officers do we want in society? We don't want them to walk away. The prosecution wants him to retreat. That's not what is good for society," said Blanke.

"I would ask in turn, is this the kind of law enforcement officer you would want walking around your Honolulu, your Waikiki? Some guy who sees another guy in a fist fight and thinks he can pull his gun and blow that person away," asked Futa.

Many in the legal community were shocked when attorneys and judge Ahn agreed earlier this week that jurors would not be able to consider lesser charges -- such as manslaughter.

As for murder or acquittal, jurors must reach a unanimous agreement.

A hung jury could result in another trial.

Jurors resume deliberations on Monday.

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