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Defense: Slurs sparked fatal Hawaii shooting

Defense: Slurs sparked fatal Hawaii shooting

The lawyer for a federal agent charged in the shooting death of a Hawaii man claims the deadly encounter at a McDonald's started when the victim used racial slurs.
In papers filed Tuesday seeking to move the case to federal court, Christopher Deedy's attorney says the agent intervened when shooting victim Kollin Elderts harassed a customer with racial slurs.
The defense filing claims Deedy sensed an altercation was escalating, and alleges Elderts called the agent a "haole," the Hawaiian term for white person, in a derogatory way.
According to the papers, Elderts challenged Deedy and tried to grab the agent's gun.
Deedy claims he is immune from prosecution because he was acting in a law enforcement capacity. His lawyer says moving the case to federal court ensures a fair trial.