Watson lawyers want murder charges dropped
ALABAMA prosecutors will fight honeymoon killer Gabe Watson’s attempt to have capital murder charges dropped.
Watson’s lawyers last week asked Birmingham judge Tommy Nail to toss out the murder case, describing it as ‘‘ vindictive prosecution’’ and double jeopardy because Watson had already served 18 months’ jail in Australia for the manslaughter of his bride, Tina, on their 2003 Queensland scuba diving trip.
The lead prosecutor in the Don Valeska, hit back.
‘‘ I’ve been called ’ vindictive’ for 40 years,’’ Mr Valeska said.
Watson’s lawyer Bret Bloomston
case, argued in his filing to Judge Nail that Alabama prosecutors do not have jurisdiction.
Mr Valeska rejected both arguments, declaring his state does have jurisdiction and the law generally prohibiting double jeopardy does not apply in the Watson case.
He will file a response to Judge Nail within the next fortnight.
The judge is expected to make a decision at a hearing on April 28 whether to dismiss or move ahead with a murder trial on May 23.
Watson, 33, has entered not guilty pleas to charges of capital murder in the course of kidnapping and capital murder for pecuniary gain.