Day Two in Christopher Deedy murder trial highlights scene, evidence, emotions
Kollin Elderts' friends say all-night drinking, partying ended in tragedy
"Kollin was the jokester. He liked to make people feel comfortable," said Malie Goodhue, who was one of seven friends, along with 23-year-old Kollin Elderts and his friend Shane Mederios, who set-out to party on the night of Nov. 5, 2011.
She said their night of partying ended at a Waikiki Karaoke bar, before Elderts and Mederios split from the group.
"I answered the phone and it was the officer," said Goodhue.
That officer would tell her Elderts had been shot dead at the Waikiki McDonalds on Kuhio Avenue.
With who started what hotly debated, evidence showed the bloody clothes scattered inside, where Elderts, Medeiros, Special Agent Christopher Deedy, and others, clashed.
On Tuesday, Honolulu Police Department evidence specialist showed the jury the clothes, which had been dried and shrink wrapped.
Elderts shirt was, by far, covered the most in blood.
Goodhue admitted she wasn't there when it all went down.
She said she only heard the news after it was too late.
"I couldn't believe it. I was drinking all night. I couldn't comprehend what was being said to me," she said.
There was also a bloody pocket knife on the floor.
Investigators found two bullet holes on the walls and two shell casings around the cashier counter, along with one spent casing in Deedy's gun.
Deedy maintains he fired each shot in self-defense.
By 5 a.m. Kollin's friend Shane Mederios, became the messenger, telling his friends how their night of fun ended in the worst possible way.
"He was crying and saying he was gone! He was a mess," said Goodhue.
Jurors also heard from one of the officers on scene shortly after the shooting.
Officer Aiu got Deedy's gun, secured it and ejected a spent bullet casing still inside.
That could be an important point in this case.
If a gun fires normally, casings eject on their own.
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