The judge presiding over the trial of the Gabe Watson, the so-called Honeymoon Killer, angrily sneered at the prosecution and derided them, asking if they needed lessons in court room procedure.
Judge Tommy Nail is the presiding judge over the case in which prosecutors claim Watson murdered his bride of 11 days, Tina, during their honeymoon in Australia by drowning her while scuba diving near the Great Barrier Reef. Prosecutors claim he wanted to receive a $130,000 payout from insurance and later, sell her possessions according to the Mason County Daily News.
Prosecutor Don Valeska asked the funeral home director about Watson retrieving his wife's engaging ring from the casket. Judge Nail interrupted the testimony with his own comments.
I took my grandmother's engagement ring when she was buried, said the judge, I think it's quite common. Nail then asked Shelton if most of his customers took back rings from their deceased loved ones. Shelton responded said that it was common.
Nail sent the jury out of the courtroom and took aim at the prosecutor.
You mean to tell me that [Gabe Watson] bought the engagement ring, married her, he and his family paid for a wedding, he planned and paid for a honeymoon halfway around the world, all so he could kill her to get an engagement ring he bought in the first place? said Nail, according to the Mason County Daily News.
Nail also refused to allow prosecutors to show a reenactment of Tina's drowning done by Australian police, who used a dummy. A Queensland police scuba diver dropped a dummy from the spot where Watson said his wife slipped and subsequently drowned. The dummy landed near a sunken ship. However, Tina's body was found nearly 50 feet away, reported Huffington Post.
On Wednesday, prosecutors also showed photos of Tina Watson's corpse to the jurors and Watson's legal team questioned the company that took the couple scuba diving. They claimed that the dive company was negligent and should have taken Tina out on an orientation dive.
If you had taken Tina on the orientation dive, would we possibly not be here today? Brett Bloomstom asked, Watson's defense lawyer, according to ABC News.
Maybe, Wade Singleton, of Mike Ball Expeditions, answered.
Bloomston also argued that the couple should have been accompanied by a group leader on the dive.
Watson pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter in Australia and served 18 months in prison, reported ABC. Prosecutors in Alabama contend that Watson shut off his wife's air supply and murdered her.