Man accused of fatally shooting son granted supervised release

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A Kona District Court judge on Friday granted supervised release to a 66-year-old Captain Cook man charged with second-degree murder in the death of his son.

James Bonham made his initial court appearance Friday before Judge Margaret Masunaga during which she granted a motion for supervised release by Deputy Public Defender Jimmy Greenberg.


Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Annaliese Wolf had argued bail be maintained at $50,000.

The single charge of second-degree murder stems from a reported shooting in the 83-5000 block of Middle Keei Road in Captain Cook, according to police, who were sent the area at 9:09 p.m. Tuesday.

Upon arrival, officers located a 45-year-old man with an injury consistent with a gunshot, police said. The victim was later pronounced dead at Kona Community Hospital.

Police said his name is being withheld pending identification and notification of next-of-kin. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.


Anyone with information about this incident should call the department’s nonemergency line at (808) 935-3311 or contact Detective Aron Tomota at (808) 326-4646, ext.262, or

See Saturday’s West Hawaii Today for the full story, including statements made by Bonham during court Friday.

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