A NEWLYWED bride was found dead in a hotel room with suspicion pointing toward the husband, who allegedly fled the scene.

Christe Chen Dawson, 39, was found dead while on a luxurious Fiji honeymoon with her 38-year-old groom, Bradley Robert Dawson.

Bradley is a prime suspect in Christe's murder after she was found murdered on July 9, the Fiji court alleges.

The alleged murder happened at Fiji's Turtle Island Resort in the Yasawa Islands, which is described as a luxury five-star destination.

The husband was "nowhere to be found" at the scene of the crime, but police eventually caught him and took him into custody, according to the Daily Mail.

Although Bradley's attorney, Iqbal Khan, confirmed that Christe's body was found inside a hotel room, he told FOX13 that he could not confirm how Christe died.

Bradley claims that he is innocent of all charges brought against him, according to his lawyer.

The husband from Memphis, Tennessee appeared before the Magistrates Court in Lautoka, Fiji on July 13, reported the Fiji Sun.

He was then transferred to the High Court, where his bail will be decided.

A DNA sample has also been requested but Bradley refused to consent to one, according to the news outlet.

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Forensic tests must be made at the request of the High Court, which could give prosecutors another chance at DNA evidence.

As of Thursday, Bradley was set to remain in custody for 14 days and then appear at the High Court in Lautoka on July 27.

Bradley's lawyer is currently trying to get a bond for his client.

When reached for comment on Tuesday, the Turtle Island Resort told The Sun:

"We can confirm that an incident took place between a couple at the Island on July 9th, which has resulted in a tragic outcome and charges being laid.

"We cooperated fully with the police, who conducted a thorough investigation and have now left the Island."

The hotel ended by saying: "We are deeply saddened by the event and send our sincerest condolences to Ms Chen's family and friends."

The couple resided in the Cooper-Young area of Memphis.

Before they set off for their romantic honeymoon, Christe told her neighbor how excited she was about her trip to Fiji, reported FOX13.

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Christe was a Kroger pharmacist and Bradley worked for a non-profit in their IT department.

Upon the murder investigation, the non-profit, Youth Villages, has suspended Bradley "pending further information," according to a statement obtained by FOX13.

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