Gabe Watson, Alleged Honeymoon Killer: Acquitted of Murder!

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Gabe Watson, the accused and so-called Honeymoon Killer, who spent 18 months in an Australian jail for manslaughter, was acquitted today in an American court.

Watson has been cleared in the 2003 death of wife Tina, who died on their honeymoon, suspiciously, and not even two weeks after the couple got married.

Prosecutors in Birmingham, Ala., alleged that Watson, 34, shut off his 26-year-old wife's oxygen supply while scuba diving in Australia to collect insurance money.

Gabe Watson Mug Shot

But, when the prosecution rested after two weeks, the judge granted a defense's motion for an acquittal on the grounds the prosecution failed to prove its case.

"The evidence is sorely lacking that it was an intentional act," Judge Tommy Nail told the courtroom, according to The Birmingham News.

"The only way to convict him of intentional murder is to speculate. Nobody knows exactly what happened in the water. I'm sure we'll never know."

Watson's mother collapsed in tears outside court.

Watson was being tried in Alabama because that's where he had been married and where the alleged murder plan had allegedly been hatched.

He stunned members of Tina's family when he pleaded guilty in Australia in 2009 to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Australian authorities agreed to release him to the United States to face charges here after American authorities waived seeking the death penalty.

In 2008, while still facing murder charges in Australia, Watson married Kim Lewis, with whom he had gone to high school.


I'm not judging, but this whole story reeks like Joran Vandersloot. I guess only time will tell.


I believe this was a terrible tragedy. For those of you who think he moved on too fast with a new wife...this is 8 years later. Yes, he may have been an experienced diver, but the supposed "professionals" who provided the safety trip should own some responsibility here. The company was fined only $6500 for not following the correct safety procedures including asking the customers how many ocean dives they have had. One of the analysts in the story concluded Tina's equipment was too heavy for her, which is a likely reason why she was sinking. For those who think his motive was for an insurance policy - a) he did not get one cent and the beneficiary was her father and b) he actually ended up with her debt of $24,000. If you knew those details, would you still blindly call this motive (like the prosecutor who looks like an ass)?


Another one that got away with murder. No justice.


Of course he's WHITE! Dey gone say he was insane hey gone go to a halfway house, the legal system is fucked up!!


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