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Fri Jun 1, 2012, 01:58 PM

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.

More: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/05/31/15976-honolulu-judge-seals-video-of-fatal-shooting-inside-waikiki-restaurant/

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