An Oahu grand jury has indicted a 42-year-old man in connection with the death of a 29-year-old woman at a Waikiki hotel.
Jeremy J. Henderson of California was indicted today for second-degree murder in Ashley A. Brandeberry’s death. His bail is set at $1 million.
Police and Emergency Medical Services responded to a defibrillator call at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel shortly after 4:15 a.m. Friday.
When they arrived at Room 1210, police said Henderson opened the door and led them to Brandeberry who was lying motionless on the floor, according to a court document.
Henderson told police he just met Brandeberry at a karaoke bar and that they returned to his hotel room and started kissing. Henderson said it didn’t go any further than that and that Brandeberry said she wanted to go to sleep.
When he woke up, police said Henderson checked on her and noticed she wasn’t breathing.
According to a court document, Henderson gave another police officer a different account. He said he and Brandeberry started “getting it on” in his hotel room. Henderson told police “she said she likes to get choked and strangled while she gets it on.”
Brandeberry was pronounced dead at 5:03 a.m. Bruise marks and “ligature type marks” were discovered on Brandeberry’s neck.
Prosecutors today said she was strangled and that a belt was found inside the hotel room.
Police said a woman next door to Henderson’s room said she overheard banging noises and a man and woman arguing for about 20 minutes.
Brandeberry was scheduled to appear at Honolulu District Court on May 16 for a prostitution charge.
Star-Advertiser reporter Nelson Daranciang contributed to this report.