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Judge sets $100K bond for Ala man in dive death

By BOB JOHNSON
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A judge has set bond at $100,000 for an Alabama man facing a capital murder charge in the drowning death of his new bride on a honeymoon scuba dive in Australia.

The judge approved the bond Tuesday in Birmingham for 33-year-old Gabe Watson, who already has served 18 months in an Australian lockup after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 2003
death of Tina Watson.

State prosecutors strenuously objected to any bond that might allow Watson to leave custody. But Circuit Judge Tommy Nail said bond was appropriate in the case.

He ordered Watson to wear an electronic monitoring device, remain at his residence each night
and not go near Tina Watson's grave or family members.

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