Update: Gabe Watson charged with murder of his wife, pleaded guilty to man slaughter, and was sentenced to one year in prison on June 5, 2009.
Tina Watson of
Tina was an inexperienced diver. Gabe Watson was a certified rescue diver. He told police multiple versions of what occurred.
In one of his versions he said he made a decision to race to the surface to get help as she sank to the bottom. His dive meter indicated it took him 3 minutes to surface.
While rescuers tried to save her, Gabe Watson waited on another dive boat approximately 100 yards away.
Initially ruled an accident, the death was ruled a homicide June 20, 2008 and her husband charged with the crime.
There is not enough audio from this one police interview to indicate his involvement with certainty in his wifeís death. One reversal of note, as he is talking about chasing his panic stricken wife while she kicks to towards the bottom for help, his reversal is about being under suspicion. If he were telling the truth, why would he be having thoughts about his story being suspicious?
Dateline NBC 5-19-08
Click on the reversals to hear the mp3 file.
Your wife was scared. (Speech reversals occur in the third person.)
...but as fast as I was kicking down to go get her she was going down just as fast.
...some of the thoughts were going through my head.
He said "I don't have good news. I did everything I could, but we lost her."
If speech reversals are put all together an overall theme can often be noticeable also.
Your wife was scared.
I have suspicion. I know this.
I was the one who saw this.
I was saying is she really dead?