Pregnant mistress, man accused of killing wife, creating fake scene

The man said that the couple wanted more children but because his wife could not get pregnant, he had an affair and had a child with another woman.

Unexpected death

In December 2015, Connie Dabate, 39, was shot and killed at her home in Rockville, Maryland. According to the testimony of her husband Richard Dabate (46), their two sons were in school at the time and Richard had just returned home from work to get a laptop.

At this time, a masked man broke into the house, killed his wife and tied Richard up. When police arrived at the scene, they found Richard with multiple knife wounds, and one arm and one leg tied to a chair.

The murder shocked the state of Maryland. More than 100 people were called to testify.

Later, the police discovered Richard had an affair with another woman. Worth mentioning, his mistress was pregnant at the time of the murder.

Richard admitted this and told investigators that the couple wanted more children but Connie was unable to have more. So he had to do the “nontraditional thing.” However, the man insisted he had nothing to do with his wife’s death.

Unusual scene

During the investigation, the police found that the timeline of events provided by Richard had many inconsistencies when compared to the data on the smart bracelet that the victim wore.

For example, data from the bracelet showed that Connie had been moving around the house for more than an hour after Richard said his wife was shot. In addition, the police also found that the scene had many abnormalities. Richard testified there was an intruder and perpetrator, but authorities found no signs of a struggle or resistance in the home.

Prosecutors allege that Richard planned to kill his wife and staged it as a break-in after learning his mistress was pregnant. He was afraid that everything would fall apart with the birth of the child he had with another woman. Richard also creates fake scenes and makes himself a victim to distract the police.

Richard’s defense attorney argued that the health monitoring device worn by the victim was not designed with high accuracy, so could not be used as evidence of conviction.

Recently, after a 5-week trial, Richard was convicted by a jury of murder, tampering with evidence and making false statements. The man was sentenced to 65 years in prison for his atrocities. Prior to the verdict, defense attorneys said they would proceed with the appeal.

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