Tourist in deadly vacation rental fight asks to leave Hawaii

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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. (Courtesy: Hawaii Police Department)

HONOLULU (AP) — A Pittsburgh man is pleading not guilty to manslaughter in the strangulation of a college buddy he was on vacation with in Hawaii.

Benjamin Fleming is also asking a judge to reduce his $250,000 bail and to let him return to the U.S. mainland.

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Fleming was staying at a Kailua-Kona Airbnb last month with two buddies he’s known since college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Authorities say they got into a physical fight on their first night on the Big Island. An autopsy determined Abhishek Gupta, also of Pittsburgh, was strangled.

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