State roundup for April 16
Agent’s murder trial advances
HONOLULU (AP) — Jury selection is under way for the murder trial of a State Department special agent charged in the shooting death of a man inside a Waikiki McDonald’s restaurant.
What’s expected to be a lengthy jury selection process began Monday. A spokesman for the Honolulu prosecutor’s office says questionnaires were mailed to 750 prospective jurors and lawyers will question them individually.
Christopher Deedy is charged with second-degree murder in the November 2011 death of Kollin Elderts, of Kailua. Deedy, of Arlington, Va., was in Honolulu for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit at the time of the shooting.
Jury selection will end when lawyers for both sides agree on a panel and alternates.
The trial is scheduled to begin July 1.
Survey of beach users planned
HONOLULU (AP) — A survey is planned of at least 500 people to see if they think fishing should be regulated or stopped altogether at a popular Honolulu beach.
Students and teachers at Chaminade University are surveying users of Kaimana Beach. The Waikiki Swim Club also is helping with the survey.
Right now, fishing is restricted to even numbered years at the Oahu beach.
Fisherman Cory Nakamura says he’s been fishing in the blue water at the beach since childhood, and he’s not ready to let that end. But some users say the ocean front at Kaimana becomes dangerous in the open fishing season with fishermen and swimmers navigating around each other.
Researchers plan to provide their findings to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Another tourist likely drowned
KAPALUA, Maui (AP) — Another tourist from Washington state is believed to have drowned while snorkeling in Maui waters.
Maui fire officials say the 63-year-old woman from Mount Vernon, Wash., was found unconscious and face down in Honolua Bay last Thursday. She was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.
Maui police say the woman later died. Police on Friday identified her as Mollie Jo Brennen.
She was snorkeling when someone on shore noticed her yelling for help.
Two days earlier, 49-year-old Glen Burlingame of Vancouver, Wash., was snorkeling off Kamaole Beach Park when his wife found him floating face down.
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