An aspiring pro surfer with a bright future is gone forever. Four men stare down the prospect of hard prison time. A community turned upside down.
On Thursday, May 24th, Emery was involved in an altercation at the La Jolla Brew House and had been kicked out along with the others involved.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the four men who had gone to the Kauanui residence the night of the fight pleaded not guilty to murder in San Diego Superior Court. The article continues by saying that if convicted, Orlando Osuna, 22; Seth Cravens, 21; Matthew Yanke, 20; and Eric House, 20, could be sent to prison for 25 years to life.
The four are being held in the county jail and bail is for each defendant, ranging from $1 million to $2.5 million.
Emery's "about me" on myspace summed his life up: "Born and raised Kauai, just looking at what's good in life here in Cali and keeping the strive and determination that I need to reach my goals. There are many lessons to be learned in life and my passion is to travel the world surfing seeking out these lessons through the people I meet -- and at the same time learn how to adapt to their culture and lifestyle leaving a good impression not just through my surfing but also through my personality."