‘Fitbit murder’ Suspect Faces Wrongful Death Suit

Connie Dabate's husband claimed an intruder murdered her, but her story came under question when her Fitbit data was exported and viewed.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Connie Dabate was found dead, shot in the back of the head in the basement of the home she shared with her husband in 2015. Her husband, Richard Dabate, told authorities the crime involved a masked intruder, who he tried to overpower. But Connie's Fitbit records told another story and helped incriminate her husband as the suspect for the crime. While he awaits his murder trial, Connie's sister Marliese Shaw has filed a wrongful death suit against him.

As FoxNews shares, Shaw filed a claim on Nov. 22 against Richard Dabate. She is seeking unspecified monetary damages and has asked the court to return more than $70,000 she believes he took from his dead wife's estate.

Back on December 23, 2015, Connie Dabate was found dead in her basement in Ellington, Connecticut. The husband told authorities that a masked intruder with a "Vin Diesel voice" chased Connie and killed her. He claimed he fought the intruder and was disarmed by him.

That story came under question when Connie's Fitbit data was exported and viewed. As NBC News reported, the workout tracker contradicted Richard's story, as it showed that the victim was moving around her house after the time he said she was shot dead.

Other technology was reviewed and showed inconsistencies with Richard's story, including their home alarm sensors, Facebook activity and cellphone records. In fact, Connie even kept a list on her phone entitled "Why I Want a Divorce." Richard's extramarital affair also didn't help his version of the events. He had a pregnant girlfriend on the side who he had promised that he was getting a divorce. "I'll see you tomorrow my little love nugget," he shared in a text the day before the murder.

Experts say digital activity is becoming increasingly crucial in solving crimes. As society becomes more connected and device-dependent, authorities are treating digital footprints as real evidence. "Ninety-nine percent of crime will now have a digital component," shared Jonathan Rajewski, a digital forensics instructor at Champlain College. "We have these little sensors all over. We're wearing them and they're in our homes.'"

Richard Dabate has pleaded not guilty. He is out on $1 million bail. 

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