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Judge wants accounting from man accused in wife’s killing

Richard Dabate, left, stands with his attorney Hubert J. Santos at his pre-trial hearing at Rockville Superior Court Friday, May 26, 2017 in Vernon, Conn. Debate is charged with killing his wife, Connie, in their Ellington home in 2015. Connecticut State Police said Fitbit information helped lead to the arrest of Dabate. Troopers said the data helped establish a timeline and showed that Connie Dabate's final movements were an hour after the time Richard Dabate told police than an intruder killed her. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant via AP, Pool)

ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut probate judge has given a man charged with killing his wife 60 days to detail what he did with her finances in the 17 months since her death.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2qrSX4x ) Probate Judge James Purnell issued the order to Richard Dabate (DAH’-bayt) on Friday.

Dabate has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in connection with the killing of 39-year-old Connie Dabate two days before Christmas 2015.

The judge also formally removed Dabate as executor of his wife’s estate, replacing him with her sister.

Dabate told investigators a masked man shot his wife and tied him up. But police said evidence contradicted Dabate’s story, including information from his wife’s Fitbit that showed she was moving around an hour after her husband said she was shot.

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