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A celebrity-frequented Fiji luxury resort hosting only 14 couples at a time is at the center of a murder case, as police say a Tennessee man killed his newly married wife on her honeymoon after she was found. motionless on the floor of their hotel room.
Fiji police say Bradley Robert Dawson, 38, killed his wife Christe Chen Dawson, 36, during the couple’s honeymoon on July 9, according to FOX 13 Memphis. Christe Chen Dawson was found dead in the couple’s hotel room at the Turtle Island Resort in Nanuya Levu, Fiji, and authorities say she was beaten to death.
Bradley Robert Dawson was charged and taken into custody on 11 July in Nadi, the main island of Fiji.
The luxury beach resort has hosted celebrities such as Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
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Dawson’s attorney, Iqbal Khan, said his client claims his innocence as he tries to get him out of jail on bail. Dawson’s next court date is July 27th.
The Turtle Island Resort told Fox News Digital that the couple were on the property when the incident occurred and that they are working with authorities.
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“We cooperated with the authorities during the investigation and the police left the island more than a week ago. We understand that the allegations were filed in the case. Our top priority is safety and concern for our guests and the team, both of whom value us as family, and we are extremely saddened by the event. We continue to send our condolences to Ms. Chen’s family, friends and colleagues. Given the need to respect our guests’ privacy and legal investigation in progress, please direct all inquiries to the authorities “.
Youth Villages, which is a non-profit organization where Bradley Robert Dawson worked, told FOX 13 he was suspended.
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“Bradley Dawson was an IT professional at Youth Villages. He has been suspended pending further information. We understand that Ms. Chen was his wife and our condolences go out to her family,” the organization said.
The US State Department told Fox News Digital: “We can confirm the death of a US citizen in Fiji. Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we have no further comment at this time.”