Ala. AG to seek capital charge in Australian death

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King says he will seek a capital murder indictment against a Birmingham-area man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife during their honeymoon in Australia.

A court in Australia on Friday added six months to the one-year prison term that Gabe Watson received earlier. Watson admitted responsibility in the death of wife Tina Watson during a scuba diving trip in Australia in 2003.

But King says the sentence still isn't long enough. And he will ask an Alabama grand jury to indict Watson for capital murder.

A statement from King's office didn't explain how Watson could be charged in Alabama since the death occurred in Australia and Watson already has pleaded guilty.

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