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« Reply #40 on: February 18, 2012, 09:09:03 AM »

http://www2.alabamas13.com/news/2012/feb/18/gabe-watsons-capital-murder-trial-tops-saturday-mo-ar-3254943/?referer=None&shorturl=http://bit.ly/wTzRSf
Gabe Watson's capital murder trial tops Saturday morning news
Saturday, February 18, 2012

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« Reply #41 on: February 18, 2012, 09:29:07 AM »

http://www.wsfa.com/story/16964440/tina-watsons-father-speaks-out-about-honeymoon-death-trial
Tina Watson's father speaks out about honeymoon death trial

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« Reply #42 on: February 18, 2012, 09:33:20 AM »

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/gabe-watson-could-have-pressed-button-to-float-tina-to-surface-murder-trial-hears/story-e6frg12c-1226274397147

Gabe Watson 'could have pressed button to float Tina to surface' murder trial hears

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GABE Watson's diving buddy Michael Moore told a jury today he and Watson practised rescuing distressed and unconscious divers as part of their rescue certification course.

Mr Moore said he and Watson did open water dives in Florida and Mexico together, where they made drift dives in brisk current, dove to a depth of 50 metres and stuggled with visibility of less than a metre.

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Dr Milsap said from his experience panicking divers always go to the surface for air.

"Who sinks Dr Milsap?" Mr Valeska asked.

"Dead or unconscious divers," he said.

Dr Milsap said Gabe could have pressed a simple button on Tina's buoyancy vest and the would have immediately surfaced.
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« Reply #43 on: February 19, 2012, 12:42:46 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/dive-payout-was-rejected/story-e6freon6-1226275245744
Dive insurance claim was rejected, Gabe Watson trial told
by: Tuck Thompson From: The Courier-Mail
    February 20, 2012 12:00AM

A CIVIL lawsuit filed by Gabe Watson against companies insuring his honeymoon dive in Queensland potentially could have netted him millions of dollars if successful, a lawyer for the companies testified.

Watson is accused of murdering his former wife, Tina Thomas, during a dive on the Townsville wreck SS Yongala in 2003, for financial gain.

Eric Langley, an attorney who represented Old Republic and Travelex insurance, said Watson's January 2004 insurance claim was denied because scuba diving was excluded in the policy.

Watson filed lawsuits against the firms, and his travel agent, in federal and state courts seeking a range of damages for breach of contract and bad faith.

The state civil suit sought $45,000 for expenses and contractual damages but also sought mental anguish damages and punitive damages, Mr Langley said.

Alabama Assistant Attorney-General Andrew Arrington asked the lawyer how much the payout for punitive damages could have been.

"It doesn't seem there are any limits. It's at the discretion of the jury and can range from $1 to many millions of dollars," he said.
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« Reply #44 on: February 19, 2012, 02:26:25 PM »

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« Reply #45 on: February 20, 2012, 10:13:01 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/dive-leader-to-testify-at-gabe-watsons-murder-trial/story-e6freoof-1226276479333
Dive leader to testify at Gabe Watson's murder trial
 by: Tuck Thompson From: The Courier-Mail  February 21, 2012 12:39AM

THE QUEENSLANDER who brought Tina Thomas's body to the surface after she was allegedly left to sink by Gabe Watson is expected to be one of several prosecution witnesses to testify as Watson's murder trial resumes.

Spoilsport dive leader Wade Singleton, now a paramedic for Queensland Ambulance Service, saw Tina lying on the bottom beside Townsville's SS Yongala, rocketed down to her, and shot to the surface.

Uzi Barnai, another Spoilsport crew member, is also expected to testify in the Alabama court. The men worked diligently on Tina for 40 minutes while Watson "hung out" on another dive boat chatting with crew, asking for a hug and visiting his cabin, the court has heard.


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« Reply #46 on: February 20, 2012, 10:14:57 AM »

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/16972611/dive-master-expected-to-testify-in-watson-trial
Dive master expected to testify in Watson trial
Posted: Feb 20, 2012 6:57 AM CST Updated: Feb 20, 2012 6:57 AM CST

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« Reply #47 on: February 20, 2012, 03:48:25 PM »

http://www.abc3340.com/story/16975438/trial-resumes-for-ala-man-accused-of-killing-wife?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Trial resumes for Ala. man accused of killing wife
Posted: Feb 20, 2012 2:27 PM CST Updated: Feb 20, 2012 2:27 PM CST


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The trial for an Alabama man charged with killing his wife while scuba diving during their Australian honeymoon has entered its second week.

Prosecutors continued Monday to try to prove that 26-year-old Tina Thomas Watson did not die in a 2003 diving accident along the Great Barrier Reef as her husband, Gabe Watson, has claimed. Prosecutors say Gabe Watson killed his bride of 11 days to collect the insurance money.

Most of Monday's testimony focused on the couple's dive computers.
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« Reply #48 on: February 20, 2012, 10:33:39 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/accused-honeymoon-killer-showed-pics-dead-wife-drowning/story?id=15752949
Accused 'Honeymoon Killer' Showed Pics of Dead Wife Posing Near Signs Warning of Drowning
By NIKKI BATTISTE and COLLEEN CURRY
February 20, 2012

The best friend of newlywed Tina Watson said today that Watson's husband, accused "honeymoon killer" Gabe Watson, showed off pictures of his dead wife in front of "Caution: Drowning" signs at Tina's funeral.
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Amanda Phillips, who was Tina's maid of honor at her wedding, told an Alabama courtroom today she initially believed Gabe's story about Tina's death. Shaking and crying on the stand today, Phillips recalled when she was first told about her best friend's scuba diving death. She said she talked to Gabe Watson almost immediately after, and he convinced her it was an accident.
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But after Tina Watson's funeral, Phillips began to suspect Gabe had played a more malicious role in her best friend's death. At a family gathering at his home after the service, Gabe showed pictures and videos of Tina posed next to caution signs warning of drowning. Phillips said that she may have seen other photos of the trip, including Tina in front of the opera house and zoo, but she could not fully recall which pictures she had seen aside from the warning signs.

The testimony came on day five of the trial in which Gabe faces capital murder charges in what prosecutor's say was a meticulously plotted killing in order to collect a $130,000 life and travel insurance payout.
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« Reply #49 on: February 21, 2012, 12:03:54 AM »

If he was taking pics of her in front of warning signs on purpose, that is one cold hearted dude.
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« Reply #50 on: February 21, 2012, 08:09:08 AM »

If he was taking pics of her in front of warning signs on purpose, that is one cold hearted dude.

 
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« Reply #51 on: February 21, 2012, 09:28:07 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/gabes-bizarre-noises-over-dead-bride/story-e6freoof-1226277573592
Murder trial hears of Gabe Watson's bizarre noises over dead bride Tina
 by: Tuck Thompson From: The Courier-Mail  February 22, 2012 12:00AM

THE man who spent 40 minutes trying to bring Tina Watson back to life on the Great Barrier Reef re-created for jurors the strange clucking noises Gabe Watson made when he first saw her lifeless body.

Cairns resident Uzi Barnai, who gave Tina mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, wanted to see the reaction of Watson, who was "hanging out" getting a hug on another dive boat when his bride died.

Mr Barnai said Watson was making strange sounds with his head down, but no tears flowed. "It didn't look like he was crying," he said.
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Mr Barnai, a master scuba diver and former Israeli soldier, said Tina still had on her mask and regulator when he started efforts to revive her.

"She had no water, which was unusual. If someone is underwater and drowns, normally they have water from when they inhale," he said.

Watson's attorney, Brett Bloomston, attacked Mr Barnai's testimony, saying he gave a police statement after the tragedy on Townsville's SS Yongala in 2003 that "a lot of water" came out of Tina's mouth.

Dive leader Wade Singleton, now a paramedic for the Queensland Ambulance Service, brought Tina to the surface and did CPR.

Mr Singleton said there was a small trace of white foam and vomit on Tina, but not water in her mouth.

He told the court he checked Tina's equipment and it was all working, and she had two-thirds of a tank of air remaining.

The veteran diver used Tina's equipment to get her 30m to the surface, but never saw Watson anywhere in the area.

Mr Singleton said he covered the distance in 90 seconds, while Watson surfaced in nearly twice that time from almost half the depth, according to a scuba technician who examined Watson's dive computer.
 
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« Reply #52 on: February 21, 2012, 09:31:38 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/gabes-bizarre-noises-over-dead-bride/story-e6freoof-1226277573592
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Emotional testimony was given earlier by Amanda Phillips, Tina's closest friend and bridesmaid.

Mrs Phillips said Tina briefly severed her relationship with Watson in the months leading up to the wedding over issues the judge would not allow her to explain.

At Tina's wake, she approached the casket and complimented Watson on Tina's dress and Gabe said "at least her breasts look perky".
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« Reply #53 on: February 21, 2012, 09:33:53 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/gabes-bizarre-noises-over-dead-bride/story-e6freoof-1226277573592
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Emotional testimony was given earlier by Amanda Phillips, Tina's closest friend and bridesmaid.

Mrs Phillips said Tina briefly severed her relationship with Watson in the months leading up to the wedding over issues the judge would not allow her to explain.

At Tina's wake, she approached the casket and complimented Watson on Tina's dress and Gabe said "at least her breasts look perky".
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« Reply #54 on: February 23, 2012, 03:39:54 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/23/alabama-judge-acquits-man-accused-in-honeymoon-death/
Alabama judge acquits man accused in honeymoon death
February 23, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.   A judge on Thursday acquitted a man accused of drowning his newlywed wife during a honeymoon diving trip to Australia.

Judge Tommy Nail ruled that prosecutors failed to present enough evidence of a crime to send the case to jurors. He ended the two-week-long trial by acquitting 34-year-old Gabe Watson on his own.

Watson had faced a sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted of murdering his wife, Tina Thomas Watson, in 2003. He already served 18 months in an Australian prison after pleading guilty there to a manslaughter charge involving negligence.

Nail agreed with defense arguments that prosecutors failed to show Watson intentionally killed the woman. Prosecutors claimed he drowned her for insurance money, but the only eyewitness testified he thought Watson was trying to save the woman.
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« Reply #55 on: February 23, 2012, 03:41:41 PM »

OMG...what an injustice.  I hope Gabe's current wife sleeps with one eye open.  When he gets tired of her he'll do her in too.
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« Reply #56 on: February 23, 2012, 03:43:16 PM »

OMG...what an injustice.  I hope Gabe's current wife sleeps with one eye open.  When he gets tired of her he'll do her in too.


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« Reply #57 on: February 23, 2012, 03:47:36 PM »

is this for real???that judge really did that?? is he from Pinnellas County Florida with the other 12 idiots who let a murderer go free ?? this is outrageous!  that judge needs to lose his job if you ask me!
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« Reply #58 on: February 23, 2012, 03:51:35 PM »

now Gabe will probably try to sue someone because he spent 18 months in jail... and he will probably get some money out of the deal..grrrrr!
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« Reply #59 on: February 23, 2012, 03:54:12 PM »

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/303633/20120223/honeymoon-killer-trial-gabe-watson-tina.htm
'Honeymoon Killer,' Gabe Watson, Trial: Judge Attacks Prosecution
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The judge presiding over the trial of the Gabe Watson, the so-called "Honeymoon Killer," angrily sneered at the prosecution and derided them, asking if they needed lessons in court room procedure.

Judge Nail interrupted the testimony with his own comments.

 
Whoa, frickin' nellie....why is the judge interrupting questioning at all.  That's for the defense to object to and the judge to hear legal president on.  Maybe someone needs to look at this judge and see what kind of skeletons he's got in his closet. 

I have an issue with removing things from a casket.  If a family member wants a piece of jewelry...then don't have the funeral home put it on the body.  Sheesh...it's like grave robbing to me.  I could never take a ring off of a loved one's hand while they are lying in a casket.  yuck
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