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Tennessee Man Bradley Dawson Held Without Bail Accused of Killing Wife on Fiji Honeymoon

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Bradley Dawson has been accused of murdering his newlywed pharmacist wife, while the couple was on honeymoon. They were staying in a bungalow on a private Island in Fiji. A judge decided that the Tennessee man must stay in jail until his forthcoming murder trial.

On Tuesday, Bradley Dawson, an IT specialist from Memphis was ordered to be held without bond in jail on the Pacific island nation. The bail sponsors for Dawson, both residents of Fiji, were refused by Judge Riyaz Hamza of Lautoka High Court and were accused of failing to disclose information about their relationships with Dawson.

In August, Dawson entered a not guilty plea to the murder of Christe Chen, his 39-year-old bride, who was so brutally beaten to death and found slumped in a confined space between the toilet and the bathroom. The body was in such a condition that her family said they were compelled to cremate her remains.

On July 9, a cleaner at the opulent Turtle Island Resort discovered Chen dead in her hotel room’s toilet in the morning. The previous evening, witnesses claimed to have seen the couple fighting intoxicatedly and then heard banging noises coming from their chamber.


Only a few months had passed since Chen and Dawson wed in Memphis, their hometown. According to a close acquaintance of the couple, she had been anticipating the romantic holiday to Turtle Island Resort, which was also the setting for the 1980 Brooke Shields movie Blue Lagoon.

A few days later, on a nearby island, Dawson was taken into custody, reports said. His wallet included $1,000 in cash, as well as his passport, license, and credit cards. Dawson said in a later interview with law authorities that he “freaked out,” and fled on a kayak. He allegedly confessed to killing his wife after a drunken argument with her, according to the prosecution. The unsigned comments Dawson gave to police during what is referred to in Fiji as a “caution interview” were reportedly deemed invalid by his defense attorney, Iqbal Khan.

On September 26, there will be yet another hearing.

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