Jury foreman from Deedy Trial speaksUPDATED 6:39 PM HST Aug 27, 2013Video Transcript
Tonight... we talk to one of the jurors in the murder trial of special agent Christopher Deedy. KITV4's Lara Yamada joins us... to share his story. Lara. Imagine a dozen people... with different backgrounds and opinions... forced to decide one man's future... in a highly-charged case. We spoke with one juror... who opened the door to the challenges, the conflicts, and the critical points... that ultimately led to a HUNG JURY. 718 He did kill him that's not a question. Juror and foreman Justin Odagiri says even though jurors watched the same video over and over... some SAW it very differently. Evidence and testimony left plenty of room for debate, and he says, for MAJOR sticking points. 1250-55 There was no audio in the video, and it's all what people say, and everybody said something different. At the forefront: was Special Agent Christopher Deedy drunk the night he shot and killed Kollin Elderts? 919 And the hard part was, there was no test, so it was all about what people said. 28 EDIT OUT 34 It came down to what people thought and how we viewed the video. 39 And: after the fight started was deadly force really necessary? Odagiri says jurors struggled with what seemed to be minor injuries on Deedy and his friend Adam Gutowski and how that would justify firing a gun. 1044-54 That was the hard part because the way the law is written it doesn't say if you recieve this you can use the force. You know, it's percieved by the person who's getting attacked. They had two choices: convict Deedy of murder or set him free. In the end: they couldn't do either. 8 to aquit. 4 to convict. A deadlock. He says jurors didn't really spend time talking about whether lesser charges would have made a difference. They weren't an option. He's not sure if it would've mattered. 1747-56 It kind of opens my eyes that, if you use that deadly force you need to be positive. Odagiri did say, as a gun owner, this trial -- the tragedy, the outcome -- will forever play on his mind. 1827- 36 It's a very fine line on, you know, is it self-defense, especially when you're using that deadly force. That will stick out to me the most, how it can go either way. Odagiri actually wanted to apologize to the public, to the families -- for not reaching a verdict. Even though... I'm sure most people would easily forgive them. He says despite coming home exhausted every day, he was grateful for the experience, and the chance to work with a team of dedicated, intelligent people. Back to you.