Judge allows Fitbit evidence in Connecticut murder trial


VERNON, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — A judge has rejected the request of a Connecticut man charged with killing his wife in 2015 to keep evidence about his wife’s Fitbit out of his murder trial.

Related: Man accused in wife’s death requests change of venue

Dabate’s wife was found dead in their Ellington home in 2015.

Prosecutors say the fitbit shows movement after Dabate claims his wife was dead.

Judge Julia Dewey also denied defense motions to have Richard Dabate‘s trial moved out of Tolland County, or to bar Ellington residents from sitting on the jury because of extensive media coverage surrounding the case.

The judge did exclude portions of Dabate’s interview with state police detectives.

Related: Wrongful death lawsuit filed in Fitbit homicide case

Dabate has maintained his innocence since he was charged in the shooting death of his wife, Connie Dabate, who was found dead in the basement of their Ellington home in 2015.

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