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Federal agent charged with murder in Hawaii gets retrial nearly 1 year after mistrial

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HONOLULU — The retrial of a federal agent charged with murder in a shooting at a Waikiki fast-food restaurant is about to start.

Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday in the retrial of State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy.

Prosecutors are retrying Deedy after the first trial ended with a deadlocked jury nearly a year ago.

Deedy claims he shot Kollin Elderts in self-defense during an altercation inside McDonald's in 2011. The agent from Arlington, Virginia was in Honolulu providing security for an economic summit but was off-duty during the early morning shooting.

Prosecutors depicted Deedy as an inexperienced agent who was intoxicated and defensive after being warned about locals' hostility toward outsiders.

The retrial features new faces on the defense team but the prosecutors and judge remain the same.

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