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Wait for verdict continues in Hawaii murder trial

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Legal experts say high-profile attention put on jurors of national criminal trials could be weighing on a Hawaii jury that's deciding whether a federal agent is guilty of murder.

Jurors began deliberating Aug. 15 in the case against State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy. Deedy is charged with second-degree murder after he shot and killed a man in a Waikiki McDonald's restaurant in 2011.

Claire Luna, of California-based trial consulting firm Jury Impact, says jurors know how closely monitored they are in light of recent cases such as George Zimmerman and Casey Anthony.

University of Hawaii criminal law professor Kenneth Lawson says jurors may feel pressure of how they'll explain their verdict to their community. He says that's fueled by the victim being local and Deedy being from Arlington, Va.

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