An IT specialist from Tennessee is behind bars in the South Pacific after his pharmacist bride was found murdered at the couple’s hotel during their luxury honeymoon earlier this month, authorities said.
Bradley Robert Dawson, 38, is accused of murdering his wife of five months, Christe Chen, 36, at the Turtle Island resort in the Yasawa Islands in Fiji on July 9.
Four days later, on July 13, a magistrate in Lautoka ordered Dawson be detained, and the suspect’s next court date was set for July 27.
The accused’s defense lawyer, Iqbal Khan, would only confirm to the outlet that his client “maintains his innocence” after Chen was found dead in their hotel suite.
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Police have not release further details about the circumstances surrounding the suspected homicide.
Dawson faces life in prison if convicted of the charges against him.
After only dating for a short period of time, the couple from Memphis wed on February 18 and then celebrated their ill-fated nuptials at a city inn with 20 guests, The Daily Beast reported.
In a now-deleted social media post, the Dawsons’ wedding planner noted the event was put together in just 26 days.
An unnamed source told the Daily Beast that few of Chen’s friends had met Dawson after the two began “some kind of a whirlwind romance.”
Nothing seemed amiss between the pair at their wedding celebration, at least according to their photographer, who posted on social media:“Christe and Brad’s joy radiated all over their faces and was so much fun to capture on camera.🤍”
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