Honolulu Judge Seals Video of Fatal Shooting Inside Waikiki Restaurant
By Nick Grube 05/31/2012
Looks like we’ll have to wait to find out what actually happened the night a federal agent shot and killed 23-year-old Kailua resident Kollin Elderts at a McDonald’s in Waikiki last November.
On Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn decided to seal court records that were submitted by the agent’s attorney that included a surveillance video from the restaurant and cell phone video captured by a bystander after the shooting.
According to defense attorney Brook Hart, the videos support his claim that U.S. Special Agent Christopher Deedy is immune from prosecution because he acted in self-defense and within his official capacity as a law enforcement officer. Deedy was in Honolulu as part of a U.S. State Department security detail for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.
By sealing the videos from public view, Ahn sided with the prosecution in saying that the videos could potentially taint a future jury pool by leading to rampant speculation and interpretation of what happened in the early morning hours of Nov. 5 when Elderts will killed.