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Gabe Watson attorney: Troy King 'desperate'

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Attorneys representing Gabe Watson, the man convicted in Australia of manslaughter in the 2003 death of his newlywed wife from Helena, said an Alabama grand jury investigation into their client is a "desperate attempt at attention."

Attorneys for Gabe Watson talked to reporters Friday afternoon outside the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Birmingham where they criticized a decision by Alabama Attorney General Troy King to convene a grand jury investigation into the death of Tina Watson. Brett Bloomston, one of Gabe Watson's attorneys, said the grand jury case is a "sad day in Alabama."

"Trying to turn this case into a murder is a desperate attempt at attention," Bloomston said.

Gabe and Tina Watson were on their honeymoon in Australia in 2003 when she died while scuba diving. Gabe Watson pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is currently being held in jail in Australia.

Investigators from the Attorney General's office began presenting evidence today in front of a Jefferson County grand jury as they look for a murder indictment.

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