A Fiji judge rejected three bail sponsors for a Tennessee man accused of brutally beating his wife to death on their honeymoon this summer, sending Bradley Dawson back to his cell with no bail.
One of the “sureties” who wrote to the court in support of bail for Dawson was out on bail himself on sex assault charges.
“It is the opinion of this Court that it is highly unsatisfactory for the Applicant to be residing with a person who has been charged with serious offenses before this Court, in the event of being granted bail,” Judge Riyaz Hamza wrote in an order dismissing Dawson’s bail application, obtained by Fox News Digital.
The sureties are character witnesses who would provide the person out on bail with a place to live pending trial.
Dawson has pleaded not guilty in the death of Christe Chen, who was found dead in the couple’s bungalow at an exclusive resort after they were seen arguing during a party the night before, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Dawson was later found on another island, carrying $1,000 cash in his wallet, his passport, driver’s license, and credit cards belonging to both himself and his wife.
Chen was Memphis pharmacist while Dawson worked in IT.
Hamza rejected the other two sureties because they failed to explain adequately how they knew Dawson despite claiming to be “family friends.” The judge also noted that detectives had provided “strong circumstantial evidence” that Dawson would be a flight risk.
Dawson reportedly confessed to detectives that he killed his wife but refused to sign a document certifying that after he obtained an attorney. The attorney, Iqbal Khan, wants the unsigned statements thrown out, and a hearing on the matter is scheduled for September 26.
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[Featured image: Bradley Dawson and Christe Chen/Instagram]