NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! EXCLUSIVE INFORMATION: The Tennessee pharmacist who was killed in Fiji while on her honeymoon had “horrific injuries” that could not have been caused by a mishap, despite what her husband and suspected killer claimed through his defense attorney.
According to investigators, Christe Chen, a 39-year-old woman from Memphis, was found beaten to death in the bathtub of an opulent room at the Turtle Island Resort on Nanuya Levu on July 9. Two days later, on Nadi, the main island of the nation, they detained her 38-year-old husband Bradley Robert Dawson on suspicion of murder.
“Multiple blunt force injuries around the head and face,” the medical examiner discovered, according to Ronald Gordon, the family’s attorney, who spoke to Fox News Digital. He continued that her mother “was inconsolable because of the injuries” when her parents visited her in the morgue.
She fell, banged her head, and something more appeared to have occurred. “It doesn’t seem like it was an accidental shove,” he said. “We believe that she was assaulted frequently, but that is still something that will be revealed through the criminal processes.”
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According to the counsel for her family, the Tennessee pharmacist who was killed in Fiji while on her honeymoon had “horrific injuries” that could not have happened accidentally, despite what her husband and suspected killer stated through his defense attorney.
He claimed that the doctors had counseled Chen’s family against embalming Chen in order to return her remains to the United States since the lacerations around her eyes were so severe. The morgue worker was concerned that embalming fluid would spill because the wounds were so bad.
“Unfortunately, they were forced to have her cremated here in Lautoka,” he stated.
However, Gordon noted that there is no cremation on the island. On an exposed funeral pyre made of wood, her body was burned.
After only a few months of dating, Chen and Dawson got married in February and spent their honeymoon at the opulent five-star resort, where the cheapest accommodation costs more than $2,000 per night.
Dawson, an IT employee for a children’s charity, allegedly left under questionable circumstances a few days into the journey. He apparently claimed to a local man that he had a fight with his wife and left the resort via kayak.
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Gordon stated, “It just demonstrates his purpose was to exit the nation because he left his extremely sophisticated GPS watch outside the door and only had his cash and passport with him.” We will definitely be opposing the bail application because we believe that he poses a flight risk.
In addition, according to Gordon, it took a whole day before Chen’s remains were found.
So, he said, “the father has no idea if she was alive when he left her or if someone could have saved her.” He was very worried that Christe might have been hurt.
Chen’s parents thought about going to see Dawson in the Fijian prison, but their attorney advised against it, and they ultimately decided to follow his advice.
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“The only child, she is. She had recently completed her pharmaceutical training and was eager to start a new career as a pharmacist “said he. “The family is in excruciating distress. An lone child was lost. And they never stop asking us—and themselves—why. How come he done this?”
wrongful death cases may be brought in Fiji and the United States, according to Gordon, but the family’s current attention is on the ongoing criminal case at the Lautoka High Court. The Fijian version of an indictment, known as the “information,” has three weeks to be submitted by the local prosecutors, he claimed.