It’s a strange story that demonstrates the weird usefulness of modern technology. A Connecticut man has been charged with the 2015 shooting death of his wife after he initially crafted a false story and an alibi for investigators. It looks like Richard Dabate must have thought that he’d be able to escape conviction. It turns out that he thought wrong. All it took was a bit of simple data from Connie Dabate’s Fitbit to disprove her husband’s tall tale.
Read on for the story behind this murder investigation as well as details of what’s next.
10. A Burglary Alarm And A Shooting Victim
On December 23, 2015, police were summoned to Richard and Connie Dabate’s home after the sounding of a burglary alarm. Investigators arrived at a scene filled with smoke and confusion. Richard was suffering from minor injuries and told police that a home invasion had taken place. Connie was found dead with gunshots to her abdomen and head.
9. No Arrests Were Made
The couple’s children, a six-year-old and nine-year-old, were in school at the time. No arrests were made as the investigation began. Richard explained that he and his wife were attacked by a “tall, obese man” with a voice like Vin Diesel after the man broke into their home.
8. Only Minor Injuries For The Husband
Richard Dabate told investigators that his gun had been used by the intruder to shoot Connie to death in front of him. He told them that he’d been tied to a chair and stabbed with a “box cutter or something,” as well as burned with some type of torch.
7. Unable To Keep His Story Straight
According to police, Richard wasn’t able to keep his story straight. He changed details several times and the investigators’ findings were inconsistent with the information offered by Richard. There was no evidence of forced entry in the home and investigators noted that the man’s injuries could have been self-inflicted.
An Extramarital Affair And A Pregnancy, Too
When Richard Dabate was arrested in mid-April 2017, a report detailed an alleged extramarital affair, as well as many other findings that were uncovered during the investigation. It turned out that Richard had impregnated another woman while his wife was seeking a divorce. Connie’s iPhone contained a note labeled “why I want a divorce.”