Murdered bride's injuries were too bad to bring body home
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The Tennessee bride whose husband has been charged with murdering her on their honeymoon in Fiji was so badly beaten her family was unable to bring her body home to the US, their lawyer has revealed.

Memphis-based pharmacist Christe Chen, 36, was “unable to be taken back to her home because of the nature of her injuries,” her parents’ attorney, Ronald Gordon, told DailyMail.com.

“So she had to be cremated here in Fiji and her ashes were taken back,” he said of the new bride who was found dead in her room in the $3,500-a-night Turtle Island Resort earlier this month.

“She is the only child of her parents, and obviously they are quite devastated and they want to ensure that justice … is given to her,” he said.

Newlyweds Bradley Robert Dawson and Christe Chen.
Bradley Robert Dawson has been charged with murdering his new wife,
Christe Chen, during their honeymoon in Fiji earlier this month.
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Newlyweds Bradley Robert Dawson and Christe Chen.
The couple were on honeymoon in Fiji after getting wed in February after a whirlwind romance.
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The attorney spoke out as Chen’s new husband, Bradley Robert Dawson, 38, appeared in Lautoka High Court late Tuesday.

Dawson — who claims his bride’s death was an “accident,” according to his attorney — was pictured arriving with a small blue suitcase in anticipation of being released on bail, the Mail said.

Instead, he was held for at least another three weeks until August 21, the Fiji Times noted.

Chen’s family plans to take civil action against Dawson if he is not held criminally liable for the death, and have not ruled out legal action against the exclusive resort, their lawyer told the Mail.

Fiji's Turtle Island Resort.
Chen’s family has not ruled out legal action against the exclusive Turtle Island Resort, where the newlywed’s body was found on July 9.
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“The family will follow the proceedings to ensure justice is served for Christe given the horrific injuries she endured,” Gordon told the outlet.

Chen’s death appeared to have followed an argument between the honeymooners, the attorney said.

It came as such a shock to her parents, “they thought it was a prank call” when someone from the State Department broke the harrowing news to them, he said.

Christe Chen.
Christe Chen’s death came as such a shock to her parents “they thought it was a prank call” when the State Department broke the news, their attorney said.
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The attorney also revealed that Dawson is known to have been to the same resort at least once before — but with a previous wife.

The newlywed had been found by a butler in a pool of blood, dead from multiple traumatic injuries, including blunt force trauma to the head, according to a post-mortem report viewed by the Mail.

Despite the gruesome injuries, Dawson’s attorney, Iqbal Khan, insisted the death “looks like an accident.”

Bradley Robert Dawson behind bars in Fiji.
Bradley Robert Dawson will remain behind bars until at least Aug. 21, when he is next due in Lautoka High Court in Fiji.
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“There is no way he can be convicted of murder,” Khan previously insisted to the Mail.

“On the evidence that they have presented so far, there’s no proof of the charge of murder with intention to kill or premeditation. Nothing of that sort whatsoever,” he insisted.

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