Murder charge for tourist in Hawaii resort death
Thursday, May 26, 2011
HONOLULU (AP) -- A tourist from Washington state has been charged with murdering the woman he was staying with at a Big Island resort.
Hawaii County police on Wednesday charged 46-year-old Howard Philip Zimmerman, who is also known as Philip Howard Zimmerman, with second-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree criminal property damage.
He is being held on $320,000 bail and is expected to appear in court Thursday.
Zimmerman and 44-year-old Susan Brockert, both of Bellevue, Wash., were registered together at the resort on the Kohala Coast.
Police say resort employees received calls from guests reporting screams coming from a room Monday.
Security and staff rushed to the room where a worker saw a woman being struck on the head with an object.
Brockert was pronounced dead at a hospital Tuesday.