EXCLUSIVE: Grieving mom sounds off on alleged killer's new DUI arrest

Albert Birmingham
Albert Birmingham
Aloha Adams
Aloha Adams
Rosalind Adams
Rosalind Adams

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MAKAHA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Makaha woman still grieving her daughter's brutal death was stunned and saddened to learn Tuesday that the alleged killer, who's been enjoying freedom while awaiting trial, has been arrested on a new charge.

"I hope they put him away for what he did," Rosalind Adams, victim's mother, said.

Eighteen months after her daughter, Aloha Adams, 20, was run over and killed by a suspected drunken driver at the McDonald's drive-thru in Nanakuli, Rosalind Adams' shattered heart is far from being healed.

"It's so painful, you know," she said through tears. "I cry for her. I miss her. My whole family does."

Now, she feels like salt is being poured on her wounds.

The alleged killer, Albert Birmingham, is awaiting trial and has been free on bail. On Sunday night, the 37-year-old was arrested on Round Top Drive on suspicion of DUI and driving without a license.

"He got picked up for DUI. That's wrong what he's done 'cause I lost my daughter and it is painful," Rosalind Adams said.

After Aloha's death, her grieving family pleaded with a judge to order Birmingham be held without bail, suggesting that the manslaughter defendant with a history of DUI would continue his risky behavior.

"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?" Frank Hunter, victim's brother in law, said during a bail hearing on April 12, 2010.

The defense argued that Birmingham was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and was no longer driving.

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn denied the no-bail request.

"I don't know what to say right now. It's shocking to hear what happened," Rosalind Adams said about the new DUI arrest. "Just hope the judge sees that justice needs to be done. He needs to be punished for what he's done."

Deputy public defender Lee Hayakawa told Hawaii News Now that he just learned about the latest arrest. He had no immediate comment.

The manslaughter trial is set to begin next month.

"My husband and I, we suffer," Rosalind Adams said. "We are still suffering."

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