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Motion Seeks Ala. Man's Release In Australia Death

Montgomery, AL – Now that the man accused of killing his wife on a honeymoon scuba diving trip to Australia has been returned to Alabama, his attorneys have prepared a motion asking that he be released from the Jefferson County Jail on bond.

Gabe Watson's attorney, Brett Bloomston of Birmingham, said Tuesday the motion would be filed as soon as a judge is assigned to the case.

The 33-year-old Watson was returned to Birmingham Monday night after being extradited from Australia last month to face capital murder charges in Alabama for the death of his wife, 26-year-old Tina Watson.

Assistant Attorney General Don Valeska said prosecutors would oppose the bail motion because the charge is capital murder, even though Alabama officials have agreed not to seek the death penalty.

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