State fights to secure trial for Watson
A L A B A M A p r o s e c u t o r s have described how Gabe Watson allegedly planned and schemed the Queensland scuba diving murder of his bride with the aim of pocketing insurance payouts after her death.
The prosecution t heory was detailed in a 51-page filing sent to Alabama Judge Tommy Nail yesterday.
The filing rebuts the attempt by Watson’s lawyers to have Judge Nail dismiss the capital murder case before it goes to trial in Birmingham, Alabama on May 23.
Alabama assistant attorney-general Don Valeska rejected Watson’s claims of ‘‘ double jeopardy’’ and ‘‘ vindictive prosecution’’ and also argued why a video allegedly showing Watson removing flowers from his deceased wife’s Alabama grave should be shown to jurors.
Watson’s lawyers hope to prohibit the video from being used as evidence.
‘‘ These are the defendant’s own actions caught vandalising his dead wife’s grave,’’ Mr Valeska argued.
‘‘ The defendant asserts that h e a n d h i s w i f e , T i n a Thomas, had a wonderful relationship and that there was no strife or animosity from him against her during her life or death.’’
Tina and Watson were on their honeymoon in Australia in 2003 when Tina died w h i l e s c u b a d i v i n g o f f Townsville.