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A Dead Woman's Fitbit Data May Lead to Her Husband's Murder Conviction

27 April 2017

Richard Dabate, 40, was arrested earlier this month for the alleged murder of 39-year-old Connie Dabate at their home in Ellington, Connecticut, according to a police report obtained by PEOPLE. According to data gathered from the device, Connie was moving around for almost an hour after her husband said she was killed, according to court documents.

Police in CT have cited Fitbit records in an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man charged with killing his wife in 2015.

Fox 61 reported that police charged Dabate with first degree murder, tampering with evidence, and providing a false statement.

A man in CT has been charged with the murder of his wife after her Fitbit contradicted his version of events.

Dabate told investigators he meant to "co-parent" the child with his wife and the other woman, a former high school friend, after the "unexpected" pregnancy.

Police and family members had been suspicious of Dabate's version of events from the start. We can also get the information much faster than some other types of evidence such as DNA tests'. But investigators have uncovered inconsistencies between his account and that of the devices he and Connie used, including the fitness tracker she wore on her wrist.

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Data from the house alarm door sensors show that the last time the front door was opened, supposedly as the attacker left, was 9:35 AM, before she shared videos on Facebook. He is now released on bail while he awaits trial.

In court, his lawyer Hubert Santos said, "My client is innocent of these charges and he looks forward to being vindicated after a trial".

District attorney Craig Stedman said the FitBit had been a major breakthrough in charging Mr Dabate with the murder, which happened just days before Christmas in December 2015. After a further physical struggle with the intruder, he ran off. Richard then hit the panic button on his alarm system and called 911.

He was reportedly having an affair for seven years with an unidentified woman, who was seven months pregnant at the time of the murder.

Dabate, charged with murder was arraigned in Rockville court April 17.

Computer data showed that Dabate sent an email telling his boss that he would be late at 9:04 and, by 9:18, checked the page with the class schedules on the website of the YMCA.

A Dead Woman's Fitbit Data May Lead to Her Husband's Murder Conviction