Husband convicted in shooting wife in ‘Fitbit’ murder

Husband convicted in capturing spouse in ‘Fitbit’ homicide

A rich Connecticut man was convicted Tuesday of all fees for murdering his spouse and making an attempt to pin the crime on a phantom intruder – after his testimony was contradicted by a “Fitbit” exercise tracker.

It took jurors lower than 4 hours to seek out Richard Dabate, 45, responsible of homicide, tampering with bodily proof and making a false assertion for fatally capturing his spouse, Connie Dabate, 39, two days earlier than Christmas in 2015, in keeping with the Journal Inquirer.

His spouse was carrying the exercise tracker wristwatch and knowledge recovered from the machine allegedly confirmed she was leisurely strolling round an hour after Dabate claimed she had been killed by a camouflage-wearing burglar. 

Dabate took the stand in Rockville Superior Courtroom in Vernon, Connecticut, and claimed that he had left for work Dec. 23 however had forgotten his laptop computer and rotated to retrieve it. When he received house, he discovered an intruder in the home, who shot his spouse, tied him to a chair and slashed him with a field cutter. 

Prosecutor Matthew Gedansky argued that Dabate killed his spouse to keep away from a divorce after impregnating his mistress.

A tool professional testified that it was extremely unlikely the information on the tracker could be off by an hour, undermining Dabate’s timeline.

After the decision, a choose hiked Dabate’s bond from $1 million to $5 million. He faces a minimal of 25 years in jail when he’s sentenced. The five-week trial got here after two years of delays attributable to COVID-19 shutdowns.

Richard Dabate, left, stands with his lawyer Hubert Santos at Superior Court in Rockville, Conn. Dabate has been convicted of murder in the 2015 killing of his wife in a case built partly on evidence provided by her Fitbit exercise activity tracker.
Richard Dabate, left, stands along with his lawyer Hubert Santos at Superior Courtroom in Rockville, Conn. Dabate has been convicted of homicide within the 2015 killing of his spouse in a case constructed partly on proof offered by her Fitbit train exercise tracker.

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