In the 2016 murder of a Santa Monica man by a former US Navy SEAL, he was convicted.
Santa Monica police detained Theo Krah (34), in June 2016. He was suspected of stabbing and beating another man with whom he had been involved in an altercation.
The victim was severely injured and found on the pavement in the 1400 block 5th Street. “severe trauma to the face and head,” Santa Monica police said. Authorities later identified the man as Kris Anderson of Santa Monica. He was then taken to the hospital, where he died later.
Police officers responding to an altercation at Santa Monica Pier broke up the verbal and physical altercations between Krah (28 at the time) and identified Krah as the suspect. Anderson was found with serious injuries by police just one hour after being separated from the other men.
The two men did not know each other at the time, police said, and Krah’s lawyers argued that their client was trying to stop Anderson from taking inappropriate photos with his camera. Police intervened in the dispute and decided not arrest Anderson or Krah. They then sent them off.
As part of the investigation, detectives obtained surveillance footage which showed Krah as he followed Anderson from the Santa Monica Pier to the city’s downtown where he violently assaulted him.
Krah, who was an active Navy Seal at the time, was later arrested in San Diego. He was taken into custody and booked.
Krah was charged with one count of second-degree murder in Anderson’s death, and on Friday, July 8, a jury found him guilty.
He will be back in court on August 1st and faces a minimum of 15 years to a life sentence in prison.