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Alleged "Honeymoon Killer" pleads not guilty

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man accused of killing his wife during a honeymoon diving trip in Australia says he's innocent of the charge.

Gabe Watson entered the not guilty plea during a brief hearing in Birmingham on Monday.

Circuit Judge Tommy Nail set Watson's trial for May 23. Watson is free on bond until then.

The 33-year-old Watson served 18 months in an Australian jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife of 11 days, Tina Watson. Alabama authorities charged Watson with capital murder, arguing he planned her death and sought insurance proceeds in his home state.

The defense says Tina Watson's death in 2003 was a tragic accident, and that Australian authorities botched the investigation.

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