State fights to se­cure trial for Wat­son

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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