A Honolulu police officer who testified in the Christopher Deedy murder trial was accused of bias Wednesday after defense attorneys found he’d posted information about the case to his Facebook page.

Deedy is charged with murder for the Nov. 5 shooting death of 23-year-old Kollin Elderts in a Waikiki McDonald’s after the two had gotten into an early morning scuffle.

Deedy’s attorney, Brook Hart, told Judge Karen Ahn that Ofc. Kaleookalani Hosaka had posted that he thought the federal agent was guilty of murdering the Kailua man.

Deedy, a U.S. State Department special agent, contends he was acting in self defense and as a law enforcement officer when he pulled the trigger.

But prosecutors say that’s not the case and that Deedy was drunk and the instigator of a fight with Elderts.

Soon after the shooting, Hosaka transported Deedy to Queens Medical Center.

In his testimony Monday, Hosaka told jurors that there was a “strong odor” of alcohol on the federal agent and that his eyes were “red and glassy.” Hosaka also said that Deedy’s footing was “uneasy” as they walked to the police cruiser.

None of these observations were in Hosaka’s police report, according to defense attorneys.

They said Wednesday that he had also potentially biased himself when he began expressing his opinions about Deedy’s guilt on Facebook.

Hart said Hosaka had posted his subpoena in the case to his Facebook page and commented on the social media site both before and after his testimony Monday about the federal agent.

“He has a bias toward the case that he expressed internationally before he testified,” Hart said.

Deputy Prosecutor Janice Futa agreed that it would have been “inappropriate” for Hosaka to have posted any comments about his opinions of the case to his Facebook page, and Ahn described the scenario as a “hornet’s nest.”

Ahn also told Futa to contact Hosaka immediately to tell him to stop posting comments to Facebook about the case.

Hosaka’s Facebook page had been pulled down late Wednesday morning.

Ahn said she believes most people who testify about the case have an opinion on it, but she agreed with Hart that it appears what Hosaka did crossed the legal threshold into actual bias.

“Actually I think it is bias,” Ahn said. “It’s (at least) evidence of bias.”

The discussion about Hosaka’s actions on Facebook took place with jurors out of the room.

Later, when Ahn asked jurors if they had seen anything about the case on Facebook, they shook their heads.

This wasn’t the first embarrassing moment for HPD during the Deedy trial. Another officer who testified during the case admitted to losing a camera that he used to take photos of the crime scene.

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