4 Plead Guilty To Lesser Charges In Surfer Death

By: ALLISON HOFFMAN AP Writer
By: ALLISON HOFFMAN AP Writer

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Four of five young men originally charged with
murdering a professional surfer have pleaded guilty to lesser charges in San Diego.

Three defendants pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor battery. A fourth defendant pleaded guilty to a felony charge of being an accessory.

The men had faced up to life in prison if convicted of murder in the beating death of 24-year-old Hawaiian surfer Emery Kauanui (KOW'-ah-noo-ee) outside his mother's home in the affluent La Jolla neighborhood last year.

The beating followed a fight at a nearby bar.

Remaining defendant Seth Cravens re-entered a not-guilty plea at
Friday's hearing after his attorney rejected a plea offer from prosecutors.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-27-08 1408EDT


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