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California court reduces murder conviction in Kauai surfer's death

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California appeals court has reduced a murder conviction against a man convicted of killing a professional surfer to manslaughter. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday there was insufficient evidence to prove Seth Cravens meant to kill 24-year-old Emery Kauanui when he punched him in 2007.

Cravens' case will be returned to the trial court for resentencing. He faces up to 16 years in prison instead of 20 years to life after being convicted of second-degree murder in 2008.Raised in Kauai, Hawaii, Kauanui was a fixture at San Diego's Windansea Beach, where his favorite surf break is now called "Emery's Left."

Prosecutors say a bar argument led to a confrontation outside the home of Kauanui's mother in the wealthy seaside enclave of La Jolla.

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