The Connecticut Police Department announced that the 2015 murder of Connie Dabate, a 39-year-old woman from Ellington, has been solved. According to the authorities, 40-year-old Richard Dabate, Connie’s husband, has been taken into custody and charged with the murder of his spouse. Detectives used the data collected from Connie’s Fitbit device to dismiss Richard’s alibi.
Thanks to the efforts of the Connecticut detectives, the 2015 murder case of Connie Dabate, an Ellington resident, and mother of two children, has been concluded and a suspect arrested. Richard Dabate, Connie’s 40-year-old husband, has been taken into custody and charged with tampering or fabricating physical evidence and first-degree murder.
A Connecticut Police Department spokesperson declared that they were able to determine when and where Connie Dabate met her untimely death by examining the data collected from her Fitbit device and cross-referencing it against her husband’s testimony.
Throughout his initial statement, Richard Dabate claimed that a masked assailant broke into the house and tortured him for hours at an end, before gunning down his wife in the Ellington house’s basement.
The Facts in the Case of Mr. Dabate
On the 23rd of December 2015, the authorities received a 911 call from Dabate’s Ellington house. The individual told the dispatcher that a masked assailant broke into his house and tortured him. Dabate mentioned that his wife was not at home when the alleged burglar tortured him. Allegedly, when his wife arrived, Richard screamed at her to get help. That’s when the burglar went after Connie, who sought refuge in the basement.
Reportedly, while descending the basement’s stairs, his wife tripped and landed on the floor. Richard told the authorities that he heard one muffled gunshot coming from the basement and the masked robber vanishing into thin air.
The man also claimed that he was tortured inside the upstairs bedroom by the home invader, whom he described as being at least 6-foot-2 and wearing a black mask and gloves. Allegedly, the mysterious assailant beat him to a pulp, burned him with a blowtorch, and stabbed him at least a couple of times with a box cutter.
When asked how he managed to contact the authorities, Richard said that after seeing the robber go down the stairs to meet his wife, he somehow managed to break loose and to follow him. As he was heading towards the basement’s door, the man heard a gunshot. Richard descended the basement’s stairs in an attempt to confront his assailant.
He told the detectives that after shooting his wife, the man pointed the gun towards him. However, he was able to wrestle the home invader, and to burn his face with, apparently, the same blowtorch he used to torture him. Seeing his wife dead and the assailant gone, Richard managed to go up the stairs and to hit the panic button.
Connecticut Fitbit Shooting – A Murder Revealed
After Richard had told the authorities told the investigator his version of the events that transpired on the 23rd of December 2015, he walked a free man. However, the detectives had some doubt’s regarding Richard’s testimony, especially the part which involved the man’s alleged torture. According to the investigators, the man had only minor bruises on his body when the authorities discovered his wife’s body in the basement. And thus, began a thorough investigation, one that would take two more years to find out the truth.
Connecticut detectives told the reports that the first breakthrough in Conner Dabate’s murder case came after they were able to retrieve the woman’s Fitbit, the device she wore on her wrist the day she died.
Now, per Richard’s testimony, it appears that on that day, shortly before 8:30 am, he drove his children to the bus stop. His wife remained at home to prepare for her fitness class. Richard claimed that he returned home at approximately 8:30 am in order to retrieve his work shirt and saw his wife still getting ready to head to her fitness class.
However, the data recovered from the woman’s Fitbit contradicted Richard’s claims, clearly showing that the woman left the house at 8:46 am. Next, Richard declared that he came home at 9:00 am in order to retrieve his work laptop. Confronting the data gathered from the man’s laptop and the house alarm logs, the authorities determined that the man accessed his laptop at 9:01 am, and, at around 9:04 am, he sent a lengthy mail to his supervisor saying that his home alarm went off and that he went home in order to investigate.
Baffling enough, the Fitbit device Connie was wearing on the day of her murder registered activity inside the Ellington house, at around 9:23 am. Furthermore, according to the investigators, the woman was quite active that morning on Facebook, browsing and uploading posts at 9:40 am and, respectively, at 9:46 am.
However, the piece of evidence that managed to shatter Richard’s alibi was the device’s step counter. According to the investigators, between 9:18 am and 10:05 am, Connie walked a total distance of 1,217 feet, which was deemed bizarre, considering that the distance between Connie’s vehicle and the basement is 125 feet.
Using this information, the detectives managed to determine that both Richard and Connie were at home when the murder occurred and that they’ve also spent some time together.
Finally, the man was taken into custody and charged with tampering or fabricating physical evidence and first-degree murder. Richard told the detectives that he had an extra-conjugal relationship which, reportedly, ended with an unplanned pregnancy. The man is currently being held at a Connecticut jail on a $1 million bond.
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