iD magazine

In 2015 Connie Dabate


was shot at her Connecticu­t home two days before Christmas. Her husband, Richard, told the police that an intruder had entered their home just after 9 A.M. and tied him up before killing his wife. But Connie’s Fitbit told a different story: She had still been moving around the house almost an hour after she had supposedly been shot. The fact that there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle raised suspicions. “A Fitbit is a great tool for investigat­ors to use,” says District Attorney Craig Stedman. “We are able to get informatio­n much faster than we could from some other types of evidence, such as DNA tests.” Richard Dabate was charged with his wife’s murder. Jury selection started in March of 2020 but was suspended because of the coronaviru­s pandemic. As this issue went to press, it was not clear when the trial would begin.

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