WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The family of a Memphis woman who died on her honeymoon in Fiji decided to cremate her in the South Pacific nation because her body was badly damaged, a lawyer representing the family says.

Christie Chen died around July 8 at the exclusive Turtle Island resort.

Her husband Bradley Robert Dawson, 38, has been charged with her murder and made his first appearance at Fiji’s Lautoka High Court on Wednesday.

The case has been adjourned until next month and Dawson, who remains in jail, has not yet entered a plea. If found guilty, he could face a sentence of life imprisonment.

Dawson, 38, was an IT professional at Youth Villages.

Chen Dawson, 39, was a pharmacist at Kroger and recent graduate of the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center.

The two married in February 2022 and lived in the Cooper-Young area in Memphis, according to Daily Mail.