updated on March 31, 2021
HONOLULU (AP) — A tourist from Pittsburgh has been charged with manslaughter after a deadly fight in a Hawaii vacation rental, police said.
A second tourist from Boston who had been arrested was released with no charges filed, police on the Big Island said Wednesday.
Police were called to a Kailua-Kona vacation rental early Monday where a 30-year-old man wasn’t breathing.
A preliminary investigation found that an argument between roommates turned physical, police said.
Benjamin Fleming, 37, of Pittsburgh and Alexander Germany-Wald, 31, of Boston were arrested. Fleming was later charged while Germany-Wald was released after police conferred with prosecutors.
A judge on Wednesday declined a request by Fleming’s attorney to release him or lower his bail. Fleming has a plane ticket to return to Pennsylvania Sunday and pandemic-related restrictions on travel will make it unfeasible for him to return for court hearings, the judge said in keeping his bail at $250,000.
Defense attorney Christopher Eggert also asked to postpone Fleming’s preliminary hearing to next week and noted that his client doesn’t have a criminal history.
A man who answered at a phone number for Germany-Wald declined to comment.
The identity of the victim was being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.
Associated Press researcher Monika Mathur in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.
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