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    Tourist Charged With Manslaughter in Pal’s Hawaii Death | Hawaii News

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    By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

    HONOLULU (AP) — There is probable cause to charge a Pittsburgh tourist with manslaughter in the strangulation death of the college buddy he was vacationing with in Hawaii, a judge ruled Thursday.

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    Benjamin Fleming was arrested last month after his first night out on the Big Island with his two college friends ended in a deadly fight.

    Alexander Germany-Wald of Montclair, New Jersey, testified at a preliminary hearing for Fleming that their friend, Abhishek Gupta, also of Pittsburgh, got “psychotically” drunk.

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    Germany-Wald said he walked Gupta back to their Kailua-Kona Airbnb after Gupta was asked to leave a bar. Fleming stayed behind.

    Fleming returned to the condo and “came to my aid and restrained Mr. Gupta,” Germany-Wald said, adding that he didn’t see what kind of hold Fleming, who is in the Army, used to restrain Gupta.

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    They heard Gupta snoring but later realized he wasn’t breathing, Alexander-Wald said, and Fleming called 911.

    An autopsy determined Gupta had been strangled.

    The three men were close friends since college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Germany-Wald said.

    Per diem Judge Cynthia Tai denied the request and kept his bail at $250,000.

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