[Updated on April 2 with additional information.]
A consultant with Deloitte was released from jail and not charged with a crime following an altercation that turned deadly between roommates at a vacation rental complex in Hawaii earlier this week.
Benjamin Fleming, 37, of Pittsburgh was charged with manslaughter on March 30 in the death of 30-year-old Abhishek Gupta of Pittsburgh, according to the Hawaii Police Department. Gupta died of strangulation, and authorities are treating his death as a homicide. Fleming made his first court appearance on March 31.
According to a media release by the Hawaii Police Department, police received a call at 2:09 a.m. on March 29 for a man who was unresponsive and not breathing at the vacation rental home in Kailua-Kona. At the scene, fire department personnel performed CPR on Gupta but were unsuccessful. It was later determined that a physical confrontation had occurred between roommates at the rental complex.
Fleming and Alexander Germany-Wald, 31, of Boston, who according to his now-deleted LinkedIn profile is a senior consultant with Deloitte, were taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter.
But according to police, Germany-Wald was not charged with manslaughter and was released from police custody on March 30. Fleming, though, was charged with manslaughter.
Hawaii News Now reported on March 29 that in a 911 dispatch call, an emergency responder said: “CPR is in progress. Per the reporting party who is patient’s friend, patient went unconscious and was drinking alcohol.” It has been reported that Fleming called 911 after the altercation.