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Day 2: Victim's friend testifies in Christopher Deedy murder trial

Malie Goodhue Malie Goodhue
Christopher Deedy Christopher Deedy
Kollin Elderts Kollin Elderts
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"Kollin was the jokester. He liked to make people feel comfortable," Malie Goodhue told the jury.

She, Kollin Elderts and five other friends were partying hours before Elderts was fatally shot during a scuffle inside a Waikiki McDonald's on Nov. 5, 2011.

U.S. State Department special agent Christopher Deedy, 29, is charged with second-degree murder.

"He was permitted to carry the firearm," defense attorney Brook Hart told the court.

Deedy was in Hawaii to provide security for the APEC summit. He and the 23-year-old Elderts got into an altercation in the McDonald's on Kuhio Avenue around 2:30 a.m.

Prosecutor Janice Futa showed jurors police photographs from inside the restaurant, the GLOCK semi-automatic pistol Deedy was carrying, and Elderts' blood-stained undershirt.

Goodhue said Elderts and Shane Medeiros broke away from the rest of the group some time before the shooting. Elderts and Medeiros ended up at restaurant.  Goodhue received a phone call from police after the incident.

"I couldn't comprehend what was being said to me. I didn't understand and I didn't believe it," she said.

Prosecutors maintain Deedy instigated the confrontation with Elderts. Deedy's lawyers insist their client shot Elderts in self defense.

Goodhue tearfully recounted hearing the news of Elderts' death from Medeiros.

"He was just crying and saying, 'He's gone. He's gone.' He was a mess," she said.

Deedy is free on $250,000 bail.

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