Day 9: Deedy's friend testifies about night of fatal scuffle

Day 9: Deedy's friend testifies about night of fatal scuffle

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After bar-hopping with his friend and former college roommate Christopher Deedy, Adam Gutowski said they went to McDonald's on Kuhio Avenue so he could order chicken McNuggets.

Earlier in the evening he found out that Deedy was carrying his gun.

"He was a federal agent. I didn't think too much of it," Gutowski said.

But he testified that it did scare him in McDonald's because of what he claims Kollin Elderts said.

"He said something along the lines of, 'You have a gun?' or 'You're not the only one with a gun,' or something along those lines. I heard something about a gun," he said.

Gutowski told the jury in Deedy's murder case that he was intoxicated and didn't hear much of anything else.

"Did you hear the defendant tell Mr. Elderts, 'I have a gun?'" prosecutor Janice Futa asked.

"No I didn't," he answered.

"Did you hear the defendant say, 'I'm going to shoot you?'" Futa asked.

"No I didn't," Gutowski answered.

"Did you hear the defendant say, 'I'm going to shoot you in the face?'" Futa asked.

"No. I didn't," he said.

Gutowski said he, his girlfriend Jessica West and Deedy stopped at multiple bars in Chinatown and Waikiki. He said Deedy ordered about five beers over several hours but added that he wasn't paying close attention.

"I didn't feel the need to monitor their drinking habits," he said.

Earlier in the trial eyewitness Alexander Byrd testified that Gutowski started the physical conflict by lunging at Elderts.

"Did you push Mr. Elderts?" Futa asked him.

"That's not the most accurate way to describe it," Gutowski said. "I was keeping my hands up."

Deedy is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Elderts during a scuffle in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2011. He claims he shot in self defense when Elderts attacked him and reached for his gun.

The prosecutor insists Deedy was drunk and fueled by the power of his position when he involved himself in a situation that wasn't any of his business.

Gutowski said he remembers hearing shots and seeing Elderts lying in a pool of blood, but the rest is unclear.

"I don't remember much of any of it. I got hit in the head pretty hard," he said.

Honolulu police computer forensics expert Grant Yuen told the court that he pulled Deedy's texts from his cell phone. One message to Gutowski before they met that evening said, "OK. Meeting is on for tonight. Dinner then craziness after."

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