Judge orders Amazon to hand out Echo recordings that could be an important clue in a double murder case
An echo from Amazon can be the key to breaking a gruesome double murder case.
Christine Sullivan, 48, and her friend Jenna Pellegrini, 32, were cruelly stabbed to death in the backyard of Sullivan's Farmington, New Hampshire on January 29, 2017.
Cops took an Amazon Echo from the kitchen of the house and on Friday judge Steven M. Houran ordered Amazon to transfer the audio from the device, convinced that it may have captured part of Sullivan's blood-curdling murder.
She was stabbed eight times and her skull broke in the kitchen. Her friend Pellegrini was beaten horribly 43 times.
Timothy Verrill (34) was accused of murder in the first degree at the death of both women and pleaded in February 2017 not guilty.
A judge instructed Amazon to release the audio on an Echo machine that may have included parts of a horrendous double murder in New Hampshire on Friday
Christine Sullivan, 48, (left) and her friend Jenna Pellegrini, 32, (right) were mortally stabbed to death in the backyard of Sullivan's Farmington, New Hampshire home on January 29, 2017.
Timothy Verrill, 34, was accused of murder in the first degree in their death. He did not plead guilty in February 2017
& # 39; Correspondingly, the State motion to search instead of a search warrant is allowed, & # 39; he said, asking for it
& # 39; The court orders Amazon.com to immediately send all recordings made by an Echo Smart loudspeaker with Alexa voice command option, FCC ID number ZWJ-0823, to the court from January 27, 2017 to January 29, 2017. as well as information identifying mobile devices that are associated with that smart speaker during that time, & # 39; he added.
It is not clear if there is audio recorded by the device, but it is likely that Amazon's Echo is a voice-activated device and may have caught fragments of the murder.
The court said it was likely that the speaker had documented evidence of crimes committed against Ms. Sullivan, including the attack and possible removal of the body from the kitchen.
An Amazon spokesperson told the Associated Press that it would not release the recordings without a valid and binding legal requirement that would be properly served to us & # 39 ;.
According to cops, Sullivan was killed in the kitchen. Both bodies were discovered by Sullivan & # 39; s boyfriend two days after the murder of January 29 in the backyard
Verrill knew Sullivan's friend Dean Smoronk. Verrill had access to the security code of the house and was on the security cameras of the house to see with both women before their death
The bodies of the women were found in the backyard under a sail and a knife was found buried nearby, according to the police.
Cops said at a August 2017 hearing that Verrill knew Sullivan's boyfriend, Dean Smoronk, who owned the house in which he and Sullivan lived together.
Verrill, according to WMUR, had access to the security code of the house and could be seen on the home security camera's with both women before their death.
Their bodies were discovered by Smoronk when he came home from a trip and saw his girlfriend missing.
& # 39; In the upstairs bedroom, he showed [police] a large blood stain on a mattress and down in the kitchen and on the fridge, Sergeant Brian Strong, who arrived at the house after Smoronk missed the women, testified at the August 2017 hearing.