A Connecticut man accused of killing his wife in 2015 texted his pregnant girlfriend the day before her murder assuring her that he was getting a divorce. According to an arrest warrant obtained by People, Richard Dabate, 40, also texted: “I’ll see you tomorrow my little love nugget." During an interview with detectives, Richard Dabate admitted to having an affair and his mistress was also allegedly pregnant. He was apparently vague with police about whether his wife knew about the affair or unplanned pregnancy outside of their marriage.
The day after the text 39-year-old Connie Dabate was found shot to death in the couple’s home. The husband claimed she was killed in a home invasion, that a masked intruder broke in and tied him up before fatally shooting his wife.
Recently, text messages and a Fitbit activity tracker helped implicate Richard Dabate in the murder. More than a year after the woman’s death, police used her Fitbit to gather important evidence. It proved that she was moving around for nearly an hour after her husband said she was killed. Police now believe it was he who pulled the trigger. The husband has been charged with murder, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and providing a false statement. The two had been married for almost 14 years and had two sons, ages 9 and 6.
Dabate is expected to enter a plea during his next court date on Friday, April 27.