"Honeymoon Killer" Wants Alabama Murder Charges Dismissed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man accused of killing his wife during a honeymoon diving trip in Australia has asked a judge to dismiss murder charges.

Gabe Watson's attorneys asked a judge this week to dismiss the charges because they are the result of "vindictive prosecution" by state authorities. Attorney Brett Bloomston also argued in motions that prosecutors don't have jurisdiction to pursue charges because Watson has already been convicted and punished in Australia.

Watson, 33, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He served 18 months in an Australian jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife of 11 days, Tina Watson.

Alabama authorities charged Watson with capital murder, arguing he planned her death and sought insurance proceeds in his home state.

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  • by allen Location: dothan on Mar 6, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    this is the reason alabama is so broke. our state government spends money on taking cases to trial that they have no jurisdiction over and also double jeopardy cases. these cases are taken to trial just for recognition for an attorney general or someone else that wants popularity with the media. this man has done his time where the so called crime was committed. this is wasting the taxpayers money and time.
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