Hawaii murder case goes before fed appeals court

Christopher Deedy
Christopher Deedy

HONOLULU (AP) - An attorney representing a federal agent charged with murdering a man inside a Waikiki McDonald's says the case should move to federal court because of publicity about racial issues and animosity toward the federal government in Hawaii.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy's attorney Karl Blanke argued before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Honolulu Tuesday. Blanke argues the murder trial should be moved even though a jury has been selected in state court and opening statements are scheduled for July 8.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Donn Fudo says Deedy took too long to ask for the move.

Deedy is accused of killing Kollin Elderts in 2011 while in town for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Blanke is asking the judges for an expedited decision.

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