Arrest made in Ellington unsolved homicide

Courtesy: Connecticut State Police

ELLINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — State Police made an arrest in an unsolved homicide in Ellington from December of 2015 on Friday.

According to Troopers, Richard Dabate has been arrested in connection to his wife’s homicide.

In December of 2015, troopers responded to her home on Birchview Drive after receiving a report of a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, Troopers found smoke inside the home. Two victims were found inside the house, later identified as Connie and Richard Dabate, both 39, of Ellington. Connie Dabate was found shot in the head and the stomach. Troopers now believe Richard Dabate shot and killed his wife that day, but tried to blame the crime on an armed intruder.

Richard Dabate was transported to Hartford Hospital for further evaluation of what police described as non-life threatening injuries.

According to the arrest warrant, Richard Dabate impregnated a woman he was having an affair with. He allegedly also told her he was going to file for divorce the week of the shooting.

Troopers say Richard Dabate is facing multiple charges including murder, tampering with evidence and providing false statement. He is being held on $1 million bond and has been transported to Hartford Correctional Center. Dabate will be in Rockville Superior Court on Monday.

News 8 will update this story with additional information as soon as new details become available.

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