Lawyer: 'Bullying' led to Hawaii shooting by agent

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Posted: Nov 17, 2011 2:03 PM
Lawyer: 'Bullying' led to Hawaii shooting by agent

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.