Preliminary hearing set in deadly vacation rental fight

A 37-year-old Pittsburgh man made his initial court appearance Wednesday on a charge of manslaughter stemming from an altercation at a Kailua-Kona vacation rental that resulted in the death of his roommate.

Benjamin Fleming was arrested Monday after Hawaii Police Department officers were called to the Kona Mansions Condominiums for an unconscious man who was not breathing. Medics, who were already on the scene, determined that the victim identified as 30-year-old Abhishek Gupta, also of Pittsburgh, was already deceased.

An autopsy performed Tuesday afternoon found the cause of death to be strangulation and manner of death to be homicide.


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