"I didn't kill my wife,” Dean Jay Fletcher tells Hawaii News Now
Following a decision by the US Secretary of State, the Honolulu federal court last week ordered the release “immediately” of American citizen Dean Jay Fletcher who is wanted in Tonga for the alleged murder of his wife.
As previously reported by Samoa News, Dean Jay Fletcher fled to American Samoa in his yacht, the Sea Oak. However, Fletcher was arrested in Pago Pago in September of last year for illegally entering the territory without authority. From there, the local charge was dismissed as Fletcher was arrested and taken to Hawai’i on Nov. 22, 2016 by federal agents based on a federal warrant.
Here is the exclusive interview with Fletcher by Chelsea Davis, Hawaii News Now Reporter. She caught up with Fletcher outside the Prince Kuhio Federal Building in Honolulu.
Chelsea: "How does it feel to be a free man?
Chelsea: "Where are you heading next?"
Fletcher: "Um, not sure."
Chelsea: "Are you gonna stay here in Hawaii?"
Fletcher: "Um, probably not."
Chelsea: "What do you want to tell everyone who thinks that you killed your wife?"
Fletcher: "I didn't kill my wife, that's ridiculous."
Chelsea: "What would you want to tell her family members?"
Fletcher: "That I love my wife with all my heart and soul and it's a tragic accident and there's nothing I regret worse than the death of my wife. I had nothing to do with it."
Chelsea: "What about the witnesses who said they saw you?"
Fletcher: "It's all fabricated, lies. It's all lies."
Chelsea: "Were you fighting with your wife that day?"
Chelsea: "What can you tell me about her?"
Fletcher: "No comment. Thank you."
Chelsea: "What was she like?"
<Fletcher says nothing>
Chelsea: "Are you heading back to Tonga?"
Chelsea: "Or are you gonna stay here in Hawaii?"
Fletcher: "Have a good days guys, please, ok."