Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-04-08 23:25:00 –
There is a possible cause for a Pittsburgh tourist to be charged with manslaughter for strangling a college student on vacation in Hawaii.
Benjamin Fleming was arrested last month after spending his first night on the Big Island with two college friends and ending in a deadly battle.
Alexander Germany-Wald of Montclair, NJ, testified at Fleming’s preliminary hearing that Pittsburgh’s friend Abishek Gupta was “mentally” drunk.
Germany-Wald said he returned Gupta to their Kailua-Kona Airbnb after Gupta was asked to leave the bar. Fleming stayed behind.
Germany-Wald said he was trapped in his bedroom to hide from Gupta, who was angry about having to return to his apartment.
At one point, the two were involved in a conflict and Gupta was on Germany-Wald and beat him. Germany-Wald testified at a hearing that began Wednesday.
Fleming returned to the condo and “come to my help and detained Mr. Gupta,” said Wald, Germany, saying he did not know what hold Fleming in the Army was using to detain Gupta. Added.
They heard Gupta snoring, but later realized he wasn’t breathing, Alexander Wald said, and Fleming called 911.
Autopsy revealed that the Gupta dynasty was strangled.
The three men have been close friends since college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Germany-Mr. Wald said.
Fleming’s lawyer asked the judge to release him awaiting trial. Fleming has two jobs and a residence he can use on the Big Island, said his lawyer, Christopher Eggart.
Judge Cynthia Thai of the daily allowance denied the request and kept the bail at $ 250,000.
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