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Thursday
Feb232012

Honeymoon Murder Trial Charges Dismissed By Judge

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- The judge presiding over the so-called honeymoon killer trial dismissed murder charges against Gabe Watson after the prosecution completed its case Thursday.

The charges were dismissed before the defense presented a single witness.

Watson, 34, was charged with killing Tina Watson in 2003 during an Australian honeymoon 11 days after they were married.

Prosecutors had claimed that Watson had shut off his wife's air supply while scuba diving off of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, then turned the air back on after she had died. The motive, prosecutors claimed, was to collect on her life insurance and her possessions.

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The prosecution rested its case Thursday after two weeks of testimony. Defense lawyer Brett Bloomstom immediately made a motion to dismiss the case for lack of evidence, and Judge Tommy Nail agreed that the prosecution had failed to prove that Watson had killed his wife.

Watson's lawyer Brett Bloomstom said his client "hopes this will be the end of this case and that it will be put behind them."

Prosecutor Don Valeska said there is no appeal of the judge's ruling. "Judge Nail did what he thinks is right. I strongly disagree with him. I'm extremely stunned and at a loss for words," Valeska said.

Gabe Watson claims his wife panicked and when he went to help her, she accidentally knocked his mask and regulator off. By the time he recovered, she had drifted out of his reach.

Watson had pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter in Australia for failing to save her and spent 18 months in prison. Alabama tried him for murder, claiming the alleged crime was plotted in the U.S.

If convicted, Watson could have been sentenced to life in prison.

Watson has since remarried.

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Wednesday
Dec012010

Father of Bride Allegedly Murdered on Honeymoon Scuba Diving Trip Seeks Justice

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The father of the bride who was allegedly murdered by her new husband during their Australian scuba diving honeymoon said Wednesday he wants justice for his daughter and that her accused killer is lying about what happened underwater.

Tommy Thomas, the father of Tina Watson, who was 26 when she died in 2003 while diving near the Great Barrier Reef, told Good Morning America that he wants to see his daughter's former husband held responsible for the death.

"What we want is for him to face the evidence for the very first time in front of a jury," Thomas said.

Watson was convicted and sentenced in Australia for manslaughter, and has completed an 18-month sentence.

"The standard of manslaughter that Gabe pled guilty to is a negligent manslaughter," attorney Brett Bloomston said. "Basically he pled guilty of being a bad dive buddy."

But Alabama prosecutors are pursuing a murder case because they believe he planned his wife's death before leaving the states. He has been charged with murder for monetary gain and kidnapping.

Thomas said his daughter's husband, whom she had married 10 days before she died, has changed his story about what happened during their ominous scuba diving excursion.

Watson, an experienced diver, has maintained that his wife panicked and that he was unable to save her.

But Thomas said today another diver who was with the newlyweds on the trip saw Watson ignoring Tina Watson's pleas for help, and prosecutors in the United State believe Watson, an experienced rescue diver, turned off his wife's oxygen tank in order to collect on her life insurance policy.

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