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CrimeMurder defendant dies: A Fitbit device linked 91-year-old San Jose man to his stepdaughter’s death

21:35  12 september  2019
21:35  12 september  2019 Source:   sfchronicle.com

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A 91-year-old San Jose man arrested last year in connection to the murder of his 67-year-old stepdaughter died at a local hospital, officials said Wednesday.

Murder defendant dies: A Fitbit device linked 91-year-old San Jose man to his stepdaughter’s death© Courtesy Of The San Jose Police Department /

Anthony Aiello, 91, of San Jose, was suspected of murdering his stepdaughter Karen Navarra, 67, according to the San Jose Police Department. He died in custody on Tuesday at a hospital.

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The nonagenarian made national headlines last year following his arrest, after San Jose police used stepdaughter Karen Navarra’s Fitbit to link Aiello to her Sept. 8, 2018 death. Navarra, a pharmacy technician, was discovered days later after she failed to show up for work.

Police at the time said Navarra’s death appeared to be staged as a suicide. She was found slumped over in her chair, holding a large kitchen knife, with a “gaping” slit in her neck.

But an autopsy revealed multiple deep wounds to Navarra head and face area, which doctors said couldn’t have been self-inflicted.

Aiello, who was married to Navarra’s mother, told investigators that he had visited Navarra on Sept. 8 to bring her pizza, and saw her drive by his own home a few hours later with someone else in the car.

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But police said Aiello’s version of events didn’t square with security footage and data from Navarra’s Fitbit, a wristband device that tracks fitness data like steps and heartrate.

Video cameras from nearby homes captured Aiello’s car at his stepdaughter’s home during the same period of time Navarra’s heart rate spiked and then plummeted. Aiello’s car was captured at the home at least five minutes after the Fitbit stopped registering a heartbeat.

Megan Cassidy is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @meganrcassidy

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