A Connecticut man was sentenced Thursday to 65 years in prison for the 2015 murder of his significant other who testers say wore a Fitbit exercise action tracker that contradicted his statements to police was.
Richard Dabbett of Ellington was convicted by a jury in May of murder and other charges. He maintains his innocence and his attorney, Trent Lalima, intends to appeal the verdict after a hearing in Rockville Superior Court.
The fatal shooting of Connie Dabbett at the couple’s home two days before Christmas in 2015 while their two young sons were in school attracted national attention with unusual Fitbit evidence and details of Richard Dabbett’s affair with a woman convicted of murder.
It enables us to shut down a little, even if it doesn’t bring Connie back. As a family we can follow Keith Margotta brother of Connie Dabet outside the courthouse after the sentencing.
Dabate told the police that a masked man entered their house and killed his wife and tied her up. Police found him tied to a folding chair with superficial stab wounds to an arm and leg.
State police said Dabet gave him a timeline of events that conflicted with data from his wife’s Fitbit that showed she was walking an hour after Dabet was shot. The state police said there were no signs of conflict in the home state as well.
In his final arguments, examiner Matthew Gedansky expressed that Dabbett wanted to kill his significant other and attack the house because his life was about to be exposed in view of an undertaking affair with another woman and her pregnancy.
LaLima has questioned the reliability of Fitbit data. He also said that unknown DNA was found in the house and a witness said that he must have seen some unknown person or deer in the neighborhood on the day of the murder.