NJ Man: Hawaii vacation turned deadly after friend became ‘psychotically drunk’

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Benjamin Fleming

FILE – In this file photo, provided by Hawaii Police Department, is Benjamin Fleming, of Pittsburgh. Alexander Germany-Wald testified Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at a preliminary hearing for his college buddy, Fleming, who is charged with murder for the strangulation of their friend, Abhishek Gupta, also of Pittsburgh. (Hawaii Police Department via AP, File)

HONOLULU — A Hawaii judge ruled there is probable cause to charge a Pittsburgh tourist with manslaughter in the strangulation of the college buddy he was vacationing with.

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.

Germany-Wald said a fistfight ensued until Fleming restrained Gupta. They later realized he wasn’t breathing.

A judge denied a request to release Fleming or reduce his $250,000 bail.

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