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.