Trial begins for tourist charged in death of fellow visitor

Video from a surveillance camera inside Sam's Hideaway is presented to the jury Wednesday showing Benjamin Fleming, Abhishek Gupta and Alexander Germany-Wald at the bar on March 28, 2021. (Megan Hadley/West Hawaii Today)

Video from camera worn by responding Hawaii Police Department officers shows the interior of the Kona Mansions condominium as Hawaii Fire Department rescue personnel work on the victim, Abhishek Gupta, whom medics determined died prior to their arrival early March 29, 2021. (Megan Hadley/West Hawaii Today)


Defense Attorney Thomas Otake argues during the opening day of jury trial for Benjamin Fleming, right, who is accused of manslaughter in the 2021 death of Abhishek Gupta. (Megan Hadley/West Hawaii Today)

When Benjamin Fleming, Abhishek Gupta and Alexander Germany-Wald arrived on the Big Island on March 28, 2021, it was a celebration. They had just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and had tickets to Hawaii.