HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Prosecutors are trying persuade jurors that U.S. State Department agent Christopher Deedy was drunk when he shot Kollin Elderts in Waikiki in November 2011. A U.S. Marine who was in the McDonald's restaurant when the deadly confrontation happened testified on Monday.
Alexander Byrd was waiting to order when he said overheard Eldert's friend, Shane Medeiros, exchanging words with Deedy. Elderts was sitting nearby. Byrd said he stepped in between Medeiros and Deedy, and pulled Medeiros away.
"I just started to tell him it wasn't worth it. Christopher Deedy had appeared drunk so I told the gentleman (Medeiros), 'He's drunk, don't even bother. Just leave it alone,'" said Byrd.
When Byrd returned to the counter, he said he overheard Deedy talking to the men.
"To directly quote, it that he wasn't (expletive) scared of the gentlemen," Byrd said.
"Scared of whom?" asked deputy prosecuting attorney Janice Futa.
"Either one of the gentlemen, at this point now engaging both gentlemen (Medeiros and Elderts) in the situation," replied Byrd.
Another witness, Taylor Au Young, told the jury that she heard Elderts yelling at the federal agent.
"I heard him yell, 'If you're going to shoot me, then (expletive) shoot me," said Au Young.