AG King Will Pursue Capital Murder Indictment Against Gabe Watson

By: PRESS RELEASE: Attorney General's Office
By: PRESS RELEASE: Attorney General's Office

(MONTGOMERY) -- Alabama Attorney General Troy King said today that he is “deeply disappointed” with the Australian Court of Appeals decision to add only six months to the sentence of Gabe Watson, the Alabama man who admitted allowing his wife, 26 year old Tina Thomas Watson to drown during a diving expedition while on their honeymoon in Australia in 2003.

The Australian Court originally sentenced Watson to a sentence of four and a half years, suspending all but 12 months to actually serve in prison.

Yesterday’s decision adds an additional six months to the 12 months jail time.

Attorney General King expressed his disappointment that “Tina Thomas Watson and her family have been deprived by the Australian court system of the justice they deserved.”

Attorney General King met this morning with his staff of investigators and prosecutors and instructed them to immediately begin gathering the facts and compiling the evidence for presentation to an Alabama grand jury seeking a capital murder indictment.

Attorney General King stated that it is his intention to “get in Alabama what Tina and her family did not get in Australia – justice.”


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