Coroner: Husband should be charged for killing wife

June 20, 2008 4:01:29 PM PDT
An Australian coroner has ruled that an American man should face a murder trial in the death of his wife, who drowned while on a reef dive during their honeymoon in 2003. After a monthslong inquest, Queensland state coroner David Glasgow said Friday there was enough evidence to justify charging Daniel Gabriel Watson of Birmingham, Ala., with the murder of his wife, Christina May Watson, on Oct. 22, 2003.

Glasgow says a warrant would be issued for the arrest of Watson, who is believed to be in the United States.

Tina Watson, a novice diver, died on the Great Barrier Reef as she swam with her more experienced husband.

Police became suspicious about Gabe Watson's involvement after he changed his story about her death, and because an autopsy showed no medical reason for her death and because no fault was found in her diving equipment.