Man pleads not guilty in murder case using Fitbit evidence

by Edgar Hayes April 30, 2017, 1:58
Man pleads not guilty in murder case using Fitbit evidence

He told authorities a masked man entered the couple's Ellington home, shot his wife and tied him up before he burned the intruder with a torch.

At that same time, Connie Dabate used her cellphone to make a call.

The Courant reported that investigators were skeptical of Dabate's story from the beginning.

The last recorded distance her Fitbit tracked was 1,217 feet between 9:18 a.m. and 10:05 a.m. Detectives concluded that the total distance it would take Connie to walk from the auto to the basement (where her body was found) was no more than 125 feet, according to the warrant.

Dabate claimed that he was struggling with the intruder when his wife came home from working out at the YMCA, and that he screamed for her to run.

Connie's Fitbit registered movement inside the house at 9:23 a.m. There also were no signs of a struggle in the house, troopers said.

According to her husband's statements to police, the intruder was already inside. "As people continue to provide more and more personal information through technology, they have to understand we are obligated to find the best evidence, and this technology has become a part of that". His next court appearance is scheduled for May 26. She was active on Facebook between 9:40 a.m. and 9:46 a.m., posting videos to her page on her iPhone from home, according to the warrant. Richard Dabate called 911 four minutes later.

Bank statements obtained by the Hartford Courant showed credit card charges at hotels as well as bouquets for his lover.

She also never talked about divorce, the friends said. However, police found evidence in the electronic device that contradicts Richard's account and tells a different story.

He told the woman that they were "getting a slow-moving divorce to make it easier on the kids". According to data from the device, which uses a digital pedometer to track the wearer's steps, Connie Dabate was moving around for more than an hour after her husband said the murder took place. He said his wife was all right with his girlfriend's pregnancy and planned to "co-parent" the child. Connie had reportedly been shot with a.357 magnum pistol, and the evidence in the case thus far points to it being one that Richard had bought several months back.

And five days after his wife's death he phoned the insurance company about Connie's $475,000 policy.

In the Dabate case, the amount of walking recorded by Connie Dabate's Fitbit exceeded the 125 feet that she would have been limited to in her husband's account that she went from the garage of their house to the basement, investigators concluded.


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