Amazon Echo Data Could Help Solve Suspected Murder Case
Florida police have obtained audio recordings from two Amazon Echo devices as part of an ongoing investigation into the death of a woman during a domestic row.
Police investigating the murder of Silvia Galva believe that the suspect’s two Amazon Echo devices may contain crucial information to the case.
Galva died from a bizarre chest injury sustained during an alleged argument with her husband, Adam Reechard Crespo. Crespo claims that Galva was accidentally impaled by a spear-tipped bedpost during a domestic row at their home in Hallandale Beach.
Galva died with a 12in (30cm) double-sided blade through her chest following the altercation at the apartment. Crespo, who is out on bail, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
According to the police report, Crespo claims he was trying to pull Galvo off their bed during an argument in their bedroom when he heard a snap, which he says was from Galva holding onto the bed-post to stop herself from being pulled off the bed. Upon hearing the snap, he claims he turned around to find the blade of the spear had pierced her chest.
The police report says: “[Mr Crespo] pulled the blade out of the victim’s chest ‘hoping it was not too bad.'”
When Crespo saw the victim had been stabbed he called for a female friend who was in the apartment to call the emergency services. He then performed CPR on her while the friend spoke to the 911 dispatcher. The friend told police she heard the couple arguing but did not know what it was about.
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Believing that Crespo’s smart speakers may have been a witness to the murder, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office obtained search warrants for the audio recordings made by the two Amazon devices.
Hallandale Beach Police Department spokesman Sgt Pedro Abut told the Sun-Sentinel that the department has received the recordings and is “in the process of analysing the information that was sent to us”.
Christopher O’Toole, a lawyer acting for Crespo, told the BBC that Galva’s death was unintentional. O’Toole said that Crespo was sleeping when “Silvia came into the bedroom, knocked the door down”. Galva broke off one of the pointy bedposts and “it ended up inside of her”, he said.
“He tried to save Silvia’s life,” O’Toole said, “this was the woman he loved.” The lawyer said he believes the recordings will prove his client’s innocence and supports the use of the audio in court.
“We want to hear these recordings as well,” O’Toole said in an interview with NBC’s Weekend Today show. “I believe in my client’s innocence 100%. And I think that these recordings are only going to help us.”