According to a report on www.signonandiego.com, the man convicted of killing professional surfer Emery Kauanui will be re-sentenced after 4th District Court of Appeal Associate Justice Terry B. O’Rourke claimed that there wasn’t enough evidence presented during the original trial to convict Seth Cravens of second degree murder. Cravens, who was associated with a La Jolla, California gang called the “Bird Rock Bandits” was originally sentenced to 20-years to life in prison for his actions, but now will most likely walk free after serving 11 years according to the article.
The verdict raises the question as to why even bother with a jury trial if a judge is going to change the verdict after someone has been convicted by a jury of their peers. TransWorld SURF message boards have been overloaded by this brutal case as it involved one of La Jolla’s most popular surfers and revealed a side of La Jolla that nobody thought was possible or existed.
Stay tuned here or updates on the case.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Kauanui family as their ordeal drags on.
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