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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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