Can a White Federal Agent Who Killed a Hawaii Local Get a Fair Trial?

Sara Lin/Civil Beat

Racial tension has played an important role in Hawaii's history ever since Capt. James Cook first stepped foot on the Sandwich Isles.

From the imprisonment of Queen Liliuokalani and the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in the 1890s to "Kill Haole Day" and the stagnation of the Akaka bill in Congress, it's been an underlying part of the daily discourse here.

Now a Honolulu attorney representing U.S. special agent Christopher Deedy, who shot a local man in a Waikiki McDonald's, wants to make sure these long-simmering feelings won't keep his client — who is charged with murder — from getting a fair trial.

Deedy, a white male from Virginia, was in Honolulu last November as part of security detail to protect foreign dignitaries who were here for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

After a night of socializing with friends, Deedy went to a Waikiki McDonald’s where he shot and killed Kollin Elderts, a brown-skinned, multi-ethnic 23-year-old from Kailua.

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