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Trial set for Gabe Watson in bride's honeymoon death

Gabe and Tina Wstson in an undated photo CBS

Gabe and Tina Watson in an undated photo
Gabe and Tina Watson in an undated photo
CBS

(CBS/AP) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Gabe Watson, the Alabama man the Australian media dubbed the "honeymoon killer" for allegedly drowning his wife of just 11 days, is now going on trial in Birmingham on a capital murder charge.

A judge will consider motions and begin jury selection Monday in the trial of  Watson, 34, who's accused of drowning his 26-year-old wife Tina Thomas Watson during a scuba diving trip while on their honeymoon to Australia in 2003.

Prosecutors claim Watson wanted the woman dead for life insurance money, so he turned off her air supply. Watson already has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Australia and served 18 months in prison there.

The defense says the woman's death was a tragic accident.

Australia deported Watson after he finished his prison term there with an agreement that he wouldn't face the death penalty in Alabama.

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