Puna Murder Victim Died of Injury to Brain Caused by Blunt Force Trauma

An autopsy conducted Tuesday (December 18) determined that the victim of a Puna murder, 54-year-old James V. Johns Sr. of Nanawale Estates, died of injury to the brain caused by blunt force trauma.

Johns’ body was found in his home Sunday.

Jason Russell Jump

Jason Russell Jump

The suspect, 36-year-old Jason Russell Jump of Pāhoa, remains in the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of second-degree murder. Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information on this incident contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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