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Bradley Robert Dawson faces a homicide cost in Fiji in reference to the beating loss of life of his new spouse, Christe Chen Dawson, who police discovered useless on the unique Turtle Island Resort on July 9 in the course of their honeymoon.
Two days later, Fiji police arrested Dawson, a 38-year-old IT specialist on the nonprofit Youth Villages, on one other island.
The Excessive Courtroom of Lautoka remanded Dawson after a July 27 look. He’s due again in courtroom on Aug. 18 however could seem once more earlier than that as his legal professional, Iqbal Khan, applies for bail.
Video exhibits officers main him out and in of the courthouse in handcuffs, a KN95 masks, purple shirt and shorts behind a mesh wall.
Ronald Gordon, an legal professional for Chen’s household, informed Fox Information Digital Thursday that he believes Dawson is a flight danger and can oppose bail.
“He left his very refined GPS watch outdoors the room and left his room with simply his pockets and his passport, and so it simply exhibits his intention was to flee the nation,” Gordon mentioned. “We definitely assume he is a flight danger and shall be opposing the applying for bail.”
The couple married in February after only a few months of courting and moved into a brand new house in Memphis, however Gordon mentioned Dawson had beforehand traveled to Fiji with an ex-wife simply two years in the past.
Abbey Miesse, a neighbor, informed Fox Information Digital she has identified Dawson, who goes by “Brad,” for about 10 years, and when she and her husband moved onto the identical avenue, they started working into the couple extra incessantly. She mentioned she lives throughout the road and by no means overheard the couple preventing or arguing.
“I can’t think about a imply bone on him,” she informed Fox Information Digital.
She mentioned she was undecided what led to his divorce from a earlier spouse. His marriage to Chen, nevertheless, happened rapidly.
She mentioned she most just lately spoke with the couple shortly earlier than their ill-fated honeymoon in Fiji.
The dialog centered on house enhancements and upkeep, since their new homes got here with a one-year guarantee that may expire in just a few months, she mentioned.
“He was shy however pleasant,” she mentioned of Dawson, including that the couple appeared very comfortable.
She mentioned he’s a fan of tech devices and typically confirmed them off at events. The couple, she added, have been social drinkers.
The allegations shocked Dawson’s mates, in accordance with Miesse, who mentioned she awoke to a wave of textual content messages and missed calls after information of his arrest.
“I suppose anyone’s able to something, but when this actually is true, I’m 100% shocked. Did they get combined up, take some type of drug or one thing, and it made him utterly black out? Everybody’s asking, however none of this is smart.”
In an announcement, Dawson’s employer Youth Villages informed FOX 13 Memphis he had been suspended because of the fees. The group’s spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to messages looking for remark.
Gordon, the legal professional for Chen’s kinfolk, mentioned that wrongful loss of life lawsuits may very well be filed each in Fiji and within the U.S., however the household’s quick focus is on the pending prison trial on the Lautoka Excessive Courtroom. Prosecutors there got three weeks to file the Fiji model of an indictment, known as the “info,” he mentioned.