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Keei Information Update for May 1st, 2020

The victim in Keei, South Kona shooting has been identified and the suspect makes initial court appearance Friday morning (May 1st).

Published By: HIRSC Team - Utah (Springdale) and Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Section


Update from the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) Area II Criminal Investigation Division (CID): HPD Area II CID Detectives have identified the 45-year-old Captain Cook man who was killed in shooting/weapons incident at a residence in Keei, South Kona Tuesday evening (April 28th).

On Friday morning (May 1), An autopsy was conducted and the victim was positively identified as Joshua Bonham of Captain Cook. He was further identified as the son of the suspect, James Bonham. An autopsy conducted found that Joshua Bonham had died as a result of a gunshot wound to the back and the manner of death was a homicide.

On the evening of Thursday, April 30th, HPD Detectives charged James Bonham with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his son Joshua. His bail at the time was set at $50,000 and scheduled to make a preliminary court appearance on Friday, May 1st.

James Bonham made his initial appearance in Kona District Court on Friday morning (May 1) and was granted supervised released by the judge pending his next court appearance, scheduled for June 30th, 2020.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Aron Tomota at (808) 326-4646 ext. 262 or aron.tomota@hawaiicounty.gov.          

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