ROCKVILLE, CT (WFSB) - A man accused of killing his wife in their home in Ellington appeared in court on Tuesday.
Richard Dabate's legal team challenged evidence it hoped to have thrown out.
The Ellington man is accused of murdering his wife, Connie Dabate, in December of 2015.
As his case inches closer to trial, he appeared in Rockville Superior Court on Tuesday.
One of the items Dabate's lawyers hoped to challenge was information from Facebook.
A judge on Tuesday ruled that Facebook information will be allowed as evidence.
He is also allowing data from a home alarm system, and information about marital discord and financial difficulties.
Dabate's lawyers tried to argue the home alarm system was unreliable. A judge disagreed, but suggested prosecutors have an expert explain how the system works.
Dabate told police he got home between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. the day his wife died. While home, he claims an intruder entered the home, attacked him, and killed his wife. Police say his account lasted 10 minutes but say evidence doesn't back up that claim.
According to home alarm system, police say Dabate got home at 9 a.m. They believe Connie arrived around 9:23 a.m., when a door from the garage opened. A second-floor motion sensor goes idle at 9:34 a.m., indicating no activity. The last system activity was the front door at 9:35 a.m.. Then, the panic alarm is activated at 10:11 a.m.
Another key piece of evidence comes from Connie Dabate's Fitbit fitness tracking device. The device allegedly tracked her movements and activity up until her death.
Richard Dabate's attorneys previously argued that such devices are not scientifically valid.
However, the judge agreed with prosecutors and allowed the data to be used in the upcoming trial.
The judge will not allow data from Dabate's search history, nor the mention of a second one-time incident where he allegedly kissed another woman in a bar.
Jury selection will start on Monday, but there is no date yet for the start of a trial.
Prosecutors estimated it could take them four weeks to present their evidence.