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Jurors in the trial of a young man accused of causing the death of a professional surfer by punching him once in the head during a fight in La Jolla last year will deliberate for a fifth day Monday.
Accused murderer Seth Cravens.
Jurors Friday asked for a readback of testimony from Jennifer Grosso, the girlfriend of 24-year-old Emery Kauanui, who was punched by Seth Cravens on May 24, 2007.
Grosso was at the scene when Kauanui was knocked out by the single punch, fell backward and hit his head on the pavement. He died four days later from brain injuries.
Cravens, 22, is charged with second-degree murder, as well as other counts unrelated to Kauanui’s death. The defendant faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted on the murder charge.
Defense attorney Mary Ellen Attridge told the jury in her closing argument that Cravens acted in self-defense. She said her client wasn’t guilty of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.
Attridge said Cravens, who is right-handed, punched Kauanui once with his left hand when the victim got up from a one-on-one fight with Eric House, then screamed at Cravens from five inches away.
Grosso testified that Kauanui had been losing the fight with House when Cravens walked up and hit him, causing Kauanui to fall “like the lights went out.”
Grosso said she heard her boyfriend’s skull crack on the ground and thought he was dead on the scene.