MILITARY

Coroner ruled Death of Navy SEAL trainee a homicide

FILE - In this undated file photo released by the Naval Special Warfare Center shows Seaman James "Derek" Lovelace. Lovelace, a Navy SEAL trainee who died during his first week of basic training in Coronado, Calif. A Southern California medical examiner says Lovelace was repeatedly dunked by an instructor in his first week of basic training and has ruled his death a homicide. The San Diego County autopsy report released Wednesday, July 6, says Lovelace's cause of death is drowning with a contributing heart problem. The homicide ruling doesn't necessarily mean a crime occurred, and the instructor hasn't been charged. (Naval Special Warfare Center via AP, File)

FILE - In this undated file photo released by the Naval Special Warfare Center shows Seaman James "Derek" Lovelace. Lovelace, a Navy SEAL trainee who died during his first week of basic training in Coronado, Calif. A Southern California medical examiner says Lovelace was repeatedly dunked by an instructor in his first week of basic training and has ruled his death a homicide. The San Diego County autopsy report released Wednesday, July 6, says Lovelace's cause of death is drowning with a contributing heart problem. The homicide ruling doesn't necessarily mean a crime occurred, and the instructor hasn't been charged. (Naval Special Warfare Center via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Southern California medical examiner says a Navy SEAL trainee was repeatedly dunked by an instructor in his first week of basic training and has ruled his death a homicide.

The San Diego County autopsy report released Wednesday says Seaman James Derek Lovelace's cause of death is drowning with a contributing heart problem. The homicide ruling doesn't necessarily mean a crime occurred, and the instructor hasn't been charged.

The Navy has said the 21-year-old was pulled out of a pool during a swimming exercise May 6 after showing signs he was having difficulty treading water in a uniform and dive mask.

The military says Lovelace lost consciousness and was taken to a civilian hospital, where he died.

Lovelace had joined the Navy about six months before his death.