Day 14: Detective says second shot killed Kollin Elderts
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Testimony over which of three shots fired from Christopher Deedy's pistol killed Kollin Elderts was the focus of the fourteenth day of testimony in Deedy's murder trial.
Retired Honolulu police detective Theodore Coons said surveillance video, the angle of the wound, and blood spatter point to the second shot as being the one that hit Elderts in the chest. He bled to death.
"Mr. Elderts had some residue and stippling in his clothing and on his body. But the wound was not a contact wound, so that there have had to have been some distance from the firearm and the point of entry," Coons said.
Deedy's defense team claims it was the third of three shots that hit Elderts. They argue Deedy fired in self-defense, while he was on his back with Elderts over him, punching him.
Coons testified for the prosecution that the evidence tells him that's not what happened.
"When you watch the video it's consistent with the movement as they were traversing in front of the cashier area, and losing balance, and falling backwards into the area where the high chairs were," he said.
Coons said the first and third gunshots missed.
Deedy shot Elderts during a scuffle in a Waikiki McDonald's in 2011.
The State Department special agent admits to partying with friends before he went to the restaurant, but insists he wasn't drunk. Prosecutors said he was intoxicated and instigated the confrontation with Elderts after mistakenly thinking Elderts was harassing a customer.
Coons is the prosecution's final witness.
Deedy's lawyers are expected to begin presenting his defense Wednesday.
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