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Jury finds San Diego man guilty of murdering professional surfer

Emery Kauanui Emery Kauanui
Seth Cravens Seth Cravens

SAN DIEGO, California (KHNL) - A jury found a San Diego man guilty of second-murder for the brutal killing of a professional surfer last year.

Seth Cravens was convicted Tuesday and could face life in prison when he is sentenced in January.

The 22-year-old said he acted in self-defense when he punched Kauai native Emery Kauanui in May 2007.

Kauanui hit his head when he fell down and was fatally injured outside his mother's home in La Jolla.

Prosecutors say the scuffle stemmed from a dispute that started earlier at a bar.

Four other people initially were charged with murder but pleaded guilty to lesser charges and were sentenced in September to between 90 and 349 days in jail.

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