USS Carl Vinson sailor charged while APEC agent seeks immunity from murder charges

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “USS Carl Vinson sailor charged with burglary and criminal property damage” (May 18, 2012):

A sailor from the visiting aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is charged with burglary and two counts of criminal property damage after he allegedly broke into an occupied Waikiki apartment early Wednesday morning.

Bail for Christopher Rico, 20, was set at $11,000 Thursday night.

Courtesy: Honolulu Police

The USS Carl Vinson has a perfect record in the last two port visits:

This is the second time in two visits that a sailor from the carrier has gotten in trouble with the law. Police were called in June of last year  when a 22-year-old Navy man ended up naked in the bedroom of a McCully apartment. The resident of the apartment decided not to press charges in that case.

Meanwhile, Christopher Deedy, the State Department security agent assigned to the APEC summit in Honolulu who is accused of murdering Kollin Elderts in a McDonaldʻs restaurant, sought immunity from the charges against him. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “Agent claims immunity in shooting” (May 17, 2012):

The State Department special agent accused of fatally shooting a man at a McDonald’s restaurant in Waikiki in November claims he was performing his duties as a federal law enforcement officer and is therefore immune from prosecution under state law, according to records filed in the case this week.

Christopher Deedy, 28, is scheduled to stand trial in state court for murder in September.

However, his lawyer, Brook Hart, filed legal papers seeking to dismiss the case or to at least delay his trial. Hart filed the documents Monday detailing Deedy’s version of the events that culminated in the Nov. 5 fatal shooting of Kollin Elderts, 23, and the reasons Deedy believes he should not be prosecuted.

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn, who is presiding over the case, is not releasing the documents.

Hart says Deedy was in Honolulu as a federal law enforcement officer on an official State Department assignment with the power of arrest and the right to carry a firearm.

The State Department said Deedy was in Hawaii as a member of its Bureau of Diplomatic Security to provide security for leaders attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

The judge did not release the motion to dismiss the case at the request of the prosecution.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser wrote “Seal motion, prosecutors ask” (May 18, 2012):

City prosecutors are asking a state judge to keep sealed a request to dismiss a murder charge against a State Department special agent and its supporting exhibits, which include surveillance videotapes of the fatal shooting at a McDonald’s Waikiki restaurant last year.

The defense for special agent Christopher Deedy this week filed the dismissal motion and supporting exhibits that include McDonald’s videotapes at the Kuhio Avenue restaurant.

The dismissal request is based on the contention that Deedy was performing his duties as a federal law enforcement officer and is immune from prosecution under state law.

City Deputy Prosecutor Janice Futa said the defense documents and exhibits include arguments related to the merits of the case against Deedy but not the dismissal motion.

She said publicity about the request and supporting exhibits might taint potential jurors and harm the trial proceedings.

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Honolulu attorney Jeffrey Portnoy, who will ask to participate in the case for the Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser to argue against the prosecution’s request, said keeping information confidential is “woefully inadequate” for a case of such local and national importance.

Ahn is scheduled to hear the prosecution’s request to keep information sealed on Thursday. The hearing on the dismissal request is scheduled for July.

Deedy, 28, is scheduled to stand trial in September on the charge of murdering Kollin Elderts, 23, on Nov. 5. The special agent was here to provide security for leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

Will this APEC killing be another Massie incident?

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