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Alabama Man Waives Extradition In Honeymoon Death

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(AP Photo/Townsville Coroners Court)

(AP Photo/Townsville Coroners Court)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Alabama man accused of murdering his wife while they were on their Australian honeymoon in 2003 has waived his extradition rights in California, and authorities have 30 days to return him to his home state.

Gabe Watson made his initial court appearance in Los Angeles on Tuesday, wearing a green hooded sweat shirt and khaki pants and without handcuffs. One of his attorneys, Brett Bloomston, told The Associated Press the 33-year-old Watson has waived extradition proceedings.

Watson served 18 months in an Australian prison after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the drowning of his wife, Tina Watson, during a scuba diving trip on the Great Barrier Reef.

Prosecutors believe Watson devised a plan to kill his wife in Alabama before the trip.

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