December 31st, 2010

Examining the Case

Tina's Wedding PictureUPDATE: Sep. 23, 2009

Tina Watson , a 26 year-old American from Alabama who died while scuba diving on her honeymoon in Queensland, Australia on October 22, 2003. She had been married to Gabe Watson only 11 days when she died.

On June 19, 2008, Townsville coroner David Glasgow ruled there is enough evidence to charge David "Gabe" Watson with the murder of his wife and subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest. Trial was set to begin February 2009, but Gabe Watson, a U.S. citizen, living in Alabama, failed to appear and extradition proceedings began. On May 18, 2009, after more than five years after Tina's death and rebuking all efforts to bring him back to Australia, Gabe Watson chose not to fight extradition proceedings and flew back to Australia voluntarily to face trial.  On June 5, 2009, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Brisbane, Australia.  He was sentenced to 4-1/2 years, of which, he will serve 12 months.  An appeal of the sentence to make it more punitive is pending.

Alabama Attorney General's office intends to pursue prosecution of murder when Gabe Watson is returned to the U.S.  If that does happen, I hope to extend this blog to discuss the issues in the case.  In the meantime, this blog will provide an index of sources, who's who and who said what.  Please feel free to leave a comment on any news story or source document you would like me to index.

As the author of this blog, I am a certified rescue diver (same certification as Gabe Watson). I live Collapse )