Honeymoon death trial postponed due to layoffs

In this undated file photo released by Townsville Coroners Court on June 20, 2008, Gabe Watson, left, and his wife, Tina, pose on their engagement.

April 8, 2011 10:47:16 AM PDT
State budget cuts are delaying the trial of an Alabama man charged with killing his wife during a honeymoon diving trip to Australia in 2003.

A state judge Thursday said planned layoffs in his courthouse mean he won't have all the security he needs to try a case that has generated international attention.

Gabe Watson served 18 months in an Australian jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of Tina Watson.

Alabama authorities charged him with capital murder, claiming he drowned her. The defense says it was an accident.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tommy Nail indefinitely postponed the May 23 trial. Nail told attorneys that state budget cuts include security officers in his county court system.