Attorneys for a federal agent charged with killing a man in a McDonald's restaurant in Hawaii says his client was protecting himself and others.
State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy made his first court appearance Thursday on charges of second-degree murder in the Nov. 5 shooting of 23-year-old Kollin Elderts of Kailua.
The 27-year-old agent from Arlington, Va., was in Honolulu to help with security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Attorney Brook Hart told The Associated Press the early-morning incident started because Elderts "was harassing and bullying another person" at the McDonald's.
Hart says Deedy has been staying in Honolulu with his wife since he was released on $250,000 bond.
Deedy's case has been forwarded to Circuit Court, where he is scheduled to appear Monday.