Connie Dabate was murdered in her home in Connecticut in 2015.
The “fitbit murder” suspect, charged in the shooting of his wife in their house in Connecticut 2015, was slapped with a wrongful death lawsuit by the slain wife’s sister the past month.
Marliese Shaw, the sister of Connie Dabate and executor of her estate, a claim against her brother-in-law Richard Dabate, The Associated Press reported, citing The Journal Inquirer. The suit, which was filed on Nov. 22, is looking for an unknown compensation. Shaw also asked a probate court to order the Dabate to return more than $70,000 allegedly taken from his wife’s estate after she died.
Dabate was the main suspect in his wife’s murder in the middle of discrepancies in his alibi. The police investigated the woman’s Fitbit tracker, and discovered that they had signed up steps after the Dabate claimed that she was murdered in December 2015.
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Dabate told the authorities that there is an intruder in their home in Ellington and shot his wife. The offender tried to flee Dabate, he claimed, but he was able to fight back. He said he eventually burned the intruder with a flashlight to alert the researchers when the man escaped.
But the detectives found no signs of a struggle or forced entry, and police dogs did not detect another person’s scent. In addition, an e-mail Dabate said he sent his car actually did come from his house, a laptop computer, further causing the researchers to ask his story.
The police said Dabate also had a pregnant girlfriend and told her that he and his wife were divorcing.
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Richard Dabate, seen on the left in the file photo, has been handed over to a wrongful death lawsuit by the sister of his deceased wife. The authorities accused Dabate of killing his wife in 2015 after finding holes in his alibi.
(Stephen Dunn/Hartford Courant via AP)
The defendant was charged with murder, tampering with evidence and making a false statement about the death of his 39-year-old woman.
He pleaded not guilty and was freed on a $1 million dollar bail.
According to the Hartford Courant, Shaw’s wrongful death claim can only be filed by the executor of someone’s estate. She was reportedly a part of the control in May, after the defendant allegedly demonstrated questionable behavior in respect of his deceased wife, of the estate, including the removal of certain assets.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.