July 19, 2022 2:20 PM
Santa Monica, CA – On June 11, 2016, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to call of a man down on the sidewalk in the 1400 block of 5th Street. Officers discovered a male with severe trauma to the face and head. The victim was transsported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
The victim’s identity led SMPD Detectives to Theo Krah, who had been in a verbal altercation with the victim one hour earlier near the Santa Monica Pier. During that incident, SMPD Officers identified both males before they went their separate ways. Detectives were able to link Krah to the murder by surveilance footage which showed Krah follow the victim from the Pier into the downtown area where he brutally assaulted him. Krah, who was an active Navy Seal at the time, was arrested by SMPD Detectives two days later in Coronado, CA. Murder charges were filed with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
On July 8, 2022, a jury rendered a guilty verdict to one count of Murder (2nd Degree) against Krah.
Krah faces a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison for his conviction. Sentencing will take place August 1, 2022 at the Los Angeles Superior Court - Airport Branch.