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Judge acquits Ala. man in bride's honeymoon death

Case dismissed: Judge acquits Alabama man in bride's Australia diving death during honeymoon By The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) ' Prosecutors encountered legal hurdles just getting Gabe Watson into an Alabama courtroom to face a murder charge in the death of his wife, who drowned during a honeymoon dive off Australia's Great Barrier Reef eight years ago. In the end, a judge decided they didn't have enough evidence for jurors to even bother deliberating.

A state judge on Thursday agreed with a defense motion and acquitted the 34-year-old Watson in the death of his wife of 11 days, Tina Thomas Watson.

The defense ' which contended that 26-year-old Tina Watson's death was an unintended, horrible mishap ' never even got started after prosecutors finished. Jurors filed out of the basement courtroom without having a chance to weigh in on the case.

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