HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After six days of deliberation, the jury in the Christopher Deedy murder retrial returned to the courtroom this morning and said they are unable to reach a verdict.
The foreman told Circuit Judge Karen Ahn that more time may help them reach a verdict, and seven of the other jurors agreed with her, prompting Judge Ahn to send the jury back into deliberations.
Deedy, his family, and the family of Kollin Elderts were packed into the courtroom as the decision was made, thinking a verdict or mistrial would be announced. Ahn seemed surprised when the jury foreperson said more time "possibly" would help.
The jury is deciding whether to convict U.S. State Department agent Deedy of murder, manslaughter or assault in the 2011 shooting death of Kollin Elderts.
Deedy and the 23-year-old Elderts struggled in a Waikiki McDonald's in November, 2011. Elderts died from a single gunshot to the chest.
Prosecutors said Deedy was drunk when he instigated a confrontation with Elderts.
Deedy, 30, claimed he was trying to stop Elderts from bullying a customer and shot Elderts in self-defense.
Last year's trial ended in a hung jury.
More on this story tonight on Hawaii News Now.