BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Jury selection was due to start on Monday in the capital murder trial of Gabe Watson, 34, an Alabama man, suspected of killing his new wife, Tina, 26, during an Australian honeymoon scuba diving trip in order to get life insurance money.
Prosecutors accuse Watson of drowning his wife in 2003 by turning off her oxygen supply, but defense attorneys say the woman’s death was a tragic accident resulting from panic, fatigue and heavy currents in the Great Barrier Reef. Additionally, the defense disputes that Watson was due to receive any insurance money.
Watson initially was charged with murder in Australia, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser manslaughter charge and served 18 months in prison. Before Australian authorities would release Watson to the United States, Alabama had to agree to waive the death penalty as a possible punishment.
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An Alabama judge on Thursday acquitted the man accused of drowning his newlywed wife during a honeymoon diving trip to Australia eight years ago, ruling that prosecutors, in its case-in-chief, did not prove the man intentionally killed his wife to collect on a life insurance policy. After the prosecution rested, the defense made its motion to dismiss- which was grated in this case.
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