Pahoa man charged with second-degree murder


Big Island police have charged 36-year-old Jason Russell Jump of Pahoa with second-degree murder stemming from the death of 54-year-old James V. Johns Sr. of Nanawale Estates.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday determined Johns died of an brain injury caused by blunt force trauma. Johns’ body was found in his home Sunday, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Jump was charged at 8:48 p.m. Tuesday. He remains at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $250,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for today, police said.