Bird Rock Bandits Trial: Seth Cravens Described As A “Bully”

As reported on www.signonsandiego.com/news
By Dana Littlefield
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

November 8, 2008

SAN DIEGO COURTS – Seth Cravens was described by a prosecutor yesterday as a bully who crashed parties, started fistfights and seriously injured those who crossed him.

He hit his targets where they were most vulnerable, delivering “punishing blow after punishing blow to the head,” Deputy District Attorney Sophia Roach said.

Seth Cravens

Cravens, 22, pictured here with the man he has admitted to killing, Emery Kauanui, is on trial for murder in the death of the La Jolla surfer.

“What you have learned about Mr. Cravens is that he doesn’t like to be challenged,” Roach told the jury during closing arguments in San Diego Superior Court.

Pointing to evidence presented during the two-week trial, the prosecutor noted several incidents in which Cravens allegedly struck people, including a teenage girl, after they confronted him.

Ultimately, the prosecutor said, this pattern of behavior led to a fight with Emery Kauanui, 24, who died days after Cravens knocked him to the ground, cracking his skull on the pavement.

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