City Prosecutor reacts to Deedy trial, prepares for retrial

Published On: Aug 27 2013 10:47:04 PM HST   Updated On: Aug 27 2013 10:48:03 PM HST

The Honolulu prosecutors office is preparing for a retrial in the murder case for federal agent Christopher Deedy, but there's still many questions about how a new trial would be different from the first.

"I cannot discuss the evidence in this case," says Honolulu prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

Kaneshiro made one thing clear in Tuesday's meeting, he can't discuss the evidence and won't discuss the evidence because the case is still pending, but he can hear the criticism.

"People who talk about the case did not sit in the court room, did not listen to all the witnesses everyday, do not know all the evidence of the trial so sometimes their perspectives is not based on all the evidence," says Kaneshiro.

Prosecutors are taking a beating for sticking with a murder charge and not trying to include a lesser charge of manslaughter. Kaneshiro says its not up to the prosecution.

"Judge (Karen) Ahn stated that quote, 'I don't think there's any evidence to support reckless manslaughter,'" says Kaneshiro.

Kaneshiro agrees with Judge Ahn. He says this a murder case and he's ready to try it again despite recent expert analysis.

"What the public is getting is the defense attorneys perspective of the case," says Kaneshiro.

Kaneshiro tells us the prosecution was at a disadvantage because the defense didn't disclose things ahead of time that it disclosed during trial. The prosecution will now have complete transcripts of this trial.

Kaneshiro believes the retrial will be back in front of Judge Ahn. He stands behind prosecutor Janice Futa who's tried over 20 murder cases. Kaneshiro says Futa will handle the retrial.

"Jan Futa is an excellent trial attorney, she has tried numerous cases," says Kaneshiro.

Kaneshiro also said the money the prosecutors office spent on this case was not significantly different than any other similar case. Its attorneys are on salary and are paid the same whether they're working in the office or in trial.


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