Jurors will only consider murder, acquittal in trial of federal agent

Published On: Aug 14 2013 11:45:00 AM HST

Legal experts say they expect the jury to have a lot more to think about in the trial.

HONOLULU -

When jurors begin deliberating the fate of a federal agent accused of shooting and killing a man in Waikiki, their only option will be to either convict or acquit him of murder.

Jurors won't have the option of convicting State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy on a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Jurors could begin deliberations Thursday after hearing closing arguments. Deedy is charged with second-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Kollin Elderts in a McDonald's restaurant. He says he was acting in self-defense and protecting others from an aggressive Elderts. The prosecution claims Deedy was intoxicated and inexperienced.

Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn on Tuesday said neither the prosecution nor the defense asked her to instruct the jury that it could consider manslaughter. Judge Ahn also said in court she does not feel there is evidence to support a manslaughter charge.

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