December 10, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A lawyer for the Alabama man charged with killing his newlywed wife during a diving trip in Australia says police there made key blunders that now could help exonerate him on murder charges in Birmingham.
Brett Bloomston, an attorney for Gabe Watson, said Friday the error was made by investigators while testing diving equipment. He says it led prosecutors to wrongly discredit Watson's account of the death of his wife, Tina Watson, during a scuba trip to the Great Barrier Reef in 2003.
Prosecutor Don Valeska disagrees. He says questions about the tests are "irrelevant" and won't affect the murder case against Watson.
Potential problems with officers' handling of the diving computer were reported Friday by The Australian, a newspaper based in Sydney.