Christopher Deedy's murder trial set to open today

HONOLULU (AP) - Attorneys are preparing for trial to start in the high-profile murder case of a federal agent charged with shooting a man in a Waikiki McDonald's.

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in state court.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy's lawyers say it's likely he'll testify. But the defense is holding out hope for a last-minute decision to move the case to federal court, which they believe would give them a better shot at a fair trial.

Deedy attorney Karl Blanke requested an expedited decision when he argued for the move last month before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Blanke says that absent a ruling, Deedy's defense is prepared to proceed in state court.

According to court papers, the trial could include testimony from more than 100 witnesses.

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