A lot has happened to Chris Deedy in the fifteen months since his incident in Hawaii and we’d like to fill you in on some of it.
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Chris was arrested and charged about 48 hours after the shooting occurred. Fortunately he posted bail soon afterward, but his bail restrictions kept him tied to the island. Chris had to fight one of his first legal battles to have that constraint removed so he could return home to Virginia. When the conditions of his release were modified on 12/30 (almost two months after he posted bail), Chris and his wife headed home.
Unfortunately, even though he was able to leave Hawaii, the court added different restrictions on him. Chris cannot travel more than 100 miles from his home without prior court approval, he is subject to drug and alcohol testing. Chris has been allowed to attend a wedding in Virginia, visit his family in Massachusetts and fly to Florida to see his grandmother, but he has to be selective about his requests. Simple things like a snowboarding trip are out of the question, not only because of the process involved to allow him to get to a mountain, but because he has been putting every cent he has into his defense.
Chris is also prohibited by the court from handling firearms, so he is not eligible to fill a law enforcement position. As a result, he cannot receive Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), which takes away 25% of his salary, and he can’t work investigation or protection overtime hours.
Preparing his defense has become a second full-time job for Chris. Along with working regular duty at DS headquarters, Chris puts in 30-40 hours per week collaborating with his legal team. He participates in meetings, on phone calls, doing research, and working on reports. This includes a regular three hour conference call and two regular three-plus hour meetings with attorneys, along with plenty of unscheduled calls and research/written work. As the de-facto subject matter expert (he is a law enforcement officer and knows his training and experience better than anyone else on the team), his group has him acting almost like a paralegal. He does research and helps write all of the legal motions, as well as prepares and analyzes the 3000+ pages of evidentiary discovery.
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