Woman's Fitbit helps police prove her husband murdered her

Geneva Matthews
April 27, 2017

The records showed movement by Dabate's wife, Connie Dabate, up to 10:05 a.m. on the day she was killed in December 2015, almost an hour after Richard Dabate said she died, according to the article.

He told detectives that she was killed by a home intruder in the USA state of CT on 23 December 2015.

It also suggests she "had traveled more than 1,200ft after arriving home", although her husband claims "she was killed as she arrived".

Police in CT say they have solved the 2015 killing of a mother of two and charged her husband thanks to evidence collected from her Fitbit.

It also emerged that Mr Dabate was having an affair, had got his mistress pregnant and was having money problems at the time of the murder - and that he tried to cash in his wife's $475,000 (£370,500) life insurance policy five days after the shooting. Police have charged him with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, providing a false statement and murder.

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

But appearances can be deceiving and police will allege Richard "Rick" Dabate was anything but a devoted husband; he wanted his wife dead.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Craig Stedman Pennsylvania district attorney said: "To say it is rare to use Fitbit records would be safe". The fitness tracker recorded Mrs Dabate walking 1,200 feet inside the home up until 10:05, nearly an hour after the time her husband told investigators she was shot.

Dabate is now free on a $1 million bond.

Police will allege the 40-year-old IT worker concocted a freakish and elaborate story to cover up his plan to kill Connie so he could marry his pregnant mistress - a childhood sweetheart he'd allegedly been having an affair with for seven years.

Connie Dabate was active on Facebook between 9:40 and 9:46 a.m., posting videos to her page with her iPhone.

She clocked 1,217 feet (370m) at home between 9.18am and 10.05am, far more distance than Dabate's account would suggest.

Richard Dabate (c.) appears with attorneys Hubie Santos (l.) and Trent LaLima (r.) while being arraigned on April 17, 2017.

. It was only at 10:20 that Dabate himself made a 911 call to the police about his wife's death.

In court, his lawyer Hubert Santos said, "My client is innocent of these charges and he looks forward to being vindicated after a trial". They checked out surveillance footage showing her movements near the gym and the time-stamp of her text messages.

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