- Associated Press - Friday, January 25, 2019

VERNON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man accused of killing his wife has rejected a plea deal offer, saying he wants to take the case to trial.

Richard Dabate faces charges of murder in the killing of 39-year-old Connie Dabate before Christmas in 2015. The Hartford Courant reports he attended a hearing Thursday where he said he understood the potential prison time and the evidence against him.

Dabate has maintained his innocence. He has told investigators a masked man shot Connie Dabate and tied him up in 2015.

But police say evidence including information from his wife’s Fitbit activity tracker contradicts his story, showing his wife was moving around an hour after Richard Dabate said she was shot.

State police say a police dog found no evidence of intruders.

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