Fitbit data helps police in murder investigation

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It was December 23, 2015.

Mr Dabate, who reportedly used to sign off his text messages "superman" and liked to dress up as the comic book character at fun runs, reportedly told his mistress he had been planning to divorce his wife just before her death.

Richard told investigators, the killing took place around 9 a.m.

At home, he heard a noise and went upstairs to investigate. "[He] stated the intruder was about 6'2" [1.8m], larger than he was, and was wearing a dark green camouflaged suit and mask", the statement said.

40-year-old American Richard Dabate said that in 2015, he saw an intruder enter his home and use his gun to shoot his wife, Connie Dabate, to death.

Dabate told investigators that the intruder tied him to a chair and burned him with a torch.

The two tussled, he said. That's when the burglar went after Connie, who sought refuge in the basement.

The only thing the husband appears to have been truthful about is the time of when the pressed the panic button and when he called 911 from his phone.

It was 10:11 a.m.

Police immediately found his story suspicious.

Having examined a number of technological devices, police found inconsistencies with Dabate's story.

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At 9:01 a.m. Richard Dabate logged into Outlook from an IP address assigned to the internet at the house.

This is not the first time Fitbit's technology has been used during a police investigation.

She also posted videos on her Facebook page from her home IP address between 9.40am and 9.46am, after she had supposedly struggled with an intruder and been shot dead. She was utilizing the IP address at their house.

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.

Yet, a friend of the Dabates said that Connie loved her husband.

According to police documents tendered to court, detectives learned that Dabate tried to cash in Connie's NZ$515,000 life insurance policy just five days after her murder but the insurance company denied his claim.

Dabate has since been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and making false statements.

Dabate's bail was set at $1 million last week.

Dabate's attorney did not return PEOPLE's call for comment.

"To say it is rare to use Fitbit records would be safe", Lancaster County, Pa., District Attorney Craig Stedman told The Courant.