Richard Dabate has been accused of murdering his wife, Connie, in December 2015
Dabate, 40, has been free on $1 million bond. In addition to murder, he is charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and providing a false statement.
During Friday morning’s hearing in Rockville Superior Court, Dabate did not speak. A journalist from the Hartford Courant reported on Twitter that Dabate declined to discuss the case with her, but nodded when asked if his kids were doing well.
Police in Ellington, Connecticut, say they’ve solved Connie’s murder, thanks to alleged inconsistencies in her husband’s story — and thanks to her Fitbit, which tracked her movements for an hour after her husband allegedly said she was dead.
Police arrived at the Dabate home on December 23, 2015 to find Connie shot dead in the basement with her husband’s gun. He was unharmed but partially zip-tied to a chair. According to a police report obtained by PEOPLE, he allegedly said his wife had been killed by a masked intruder wearing camouflage clothing.
But the 50-page police report alleges that Dabate’s story unraveled after K-9 units failed to detect the scent of an intruder and they noticed alleged inconsistencies with Connie’s Fitbit data.
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The story got even more bizarre when police claimed that Dabate was seeing someone else behind his wife’s back — and that this other woman was pregnant with his child.
According to his arrest report, Dabate said his marriage was plagued by infidelity. “There was cheating going on in the beginning, on both sides,” he allegedly told the cops. “This situation popped up like a fricking soap opera.”
Police allege that Dabate gave them conflicting information about whether Connie knew of the affair and pregnancy.
According to the Hartford Currant, judge Vernon Oliver ruled to allow cameras in the courtroom, despite objections from both the prosecution and the defense.
Dabate pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Hubert Santos. The next hearing is scheduled for May 26.