Murdered woman’s Fitbit log leads to husband’s arrest

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His attorney entered the pleas. Richard Dabate appeared in court Friday on murder and other charges in the December 2015 slaying of 39-year-old Connie Dabate.


ROCKVILLE, Conn. — A Connecticut man accused of killing his wife after giving an account of her death that police say differed from Fitbit information has pleaded not guilty.
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Dabate was arrested two weeks ago and posted $1 million bail.
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But police say Connie Dabate’s personal tracking device logged steps after the time Richard Dabate told them she was killed. They also say he had a pregnant girlfriend. 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.

He declined to comment Friday. His case was continued until May 26.

Richard Dabate, left, stands with his lawyer Hubert Santos at Superior Court in Rockville, Conn., Friday, April 28, 2017. (Stephen Dunn/Hartford Courant via AP, Pool) Troopers said the data helped establish a timeline and showed that Connie Dabate’s final movements were an hour after the time Richard Dabate told police than an intruder killed her. Connecticut State Police said Fitbit information helped lead to the arrest of Dabate. Debate is charged with killing his wife, Connie, in their Ellington home in 2015.