Memphis man accused of fatally beating his wife at Fiji resort says couple ‘never had any physical arguments’

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The suspect told ABC News he fled on a kayak to a neighboring island on July 8.

By Mark Guarino and Aicha El Hammar Castano

August 18, 2022, 12:55 a.m. EST

Bradley Robert Dawson, a Memphis man police say fatally beat his wife last month at an exclusive resort in Fiji, told ABC News the couple “never had any physical arguments in [their] relationship.”

Dawson, 38, is facing a murder charge in connection to the death of Christe Chen Dawson, 36, while the couple vacationed on their honeymoon. The couple was married in February.

In an exclusive interview Tuesday with ABC News from a jail visiting room, Dawson said he fled on a kayak to a neighboring island on July 8, the day police said Chen died of multiple blunt trauma wounds to her head.

“I just wanted to give her some space. It was normal for me to take a walk,” he said. He added that the couple was drunk at the time of their argument.

Chen’s body was discovered the next day by a housekeeper at Turtle Island Resort, an exclusive resort that caters to only 14 couples at one time and was the site of the 1980 film “The Blue Lagoon.” Dawson was arrested two days later. The police did not tell him of his wife’s death, Dawson said. Authorities, however, told ABC News that Dawson initially confessed to the murder but stopped cooperating once he secured legal representation.

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