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Accused killer asks for a bail break

Albert Birmingham Albert Birmingham
Frank Hunter Frank Hunter
Raelyn Aloha Adams Raelyn Aloha Adams
Lee Hayakawa Lee Hayakawa
Don Pacarro Don Pacarro

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than two months after Albert Birmingham allegedly ran over a woman at a Nanakuli drive-thru, the carpet-cleaner from Makiki asked a judge for a break.

Birmingham tried to sway the judge to reduce his bail.

Prosecutors tried to intervene, saying he's a danger to the community and has a criminal past that involved slashing a police officer's eye.

"We think he belongs in jail, no bail. Who's to say he's going to go out there drink a case of beer and do something over, on a more serious, you know," says Frank Hunter, the victim's brother-in-law.

It was an emotional plea from the family of Raelyn Aloha Adams.

36-year-old Albert Birmingham is charged with manslaughter accused of running her over, at a drive thru in Nanakuli.

His blood alcohol was .132 - well over the legal limit.

"Mr. Birmingham is not a drug user but he does have an alcohol problem," said Lee Hayakawa, Deputy Public Defender.

Birmingham has a history of DUI.

In 2004, he was convicted of drinking and driving up to 100 miles per hour on Farrington Highway.

"And when he was placed into the police officers vehicle, while handcuffed, the defendant kicked the rear passenger window causing the glass to fly on the officers. It injured one officer, where the officer suffered a cut to the cornea on his right eye," said Don Pacarro, Deputy Prosecutor.

When he was arrested for the deadly accident in January, a bench warrant was out for him on another drunk driving case in 2008.

Prosecutors wanted him held without bail, but his defense attorney says Birmingham is now attending AA meetings, is no longer driving, and asked the judge to reduce his $150,000 bail, to help the friend who bailed Birmingham out, with a lien on his property.

"My friend is going to bat for me but at the same time it's, he can't run his business properly," said Birmingham.

The judge ruled to keep Birmingham's bail the same, with a list of conditions. He must obey a nightly curfew, can't leave Oahu without court permission, and can't move from his home.

"I've had a couple of death threats and now my address is public. I mean, I don't know what to say," said Birmingham.

Among the other conditions the judge set - Birmingham can't drive, no alcohol, no drugs, and violating any of those will land him back in jail.

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