Hallandale Beach Police believe that an Amazon Echo may be able to provide essential information in a possible murder case. Police are analyzing data obtained from 'Alexa' in hopes that it will give them insight into a stabbing death.
Adam Reechard Crespo and his girlfriend got into an altercation that turned deadly last July. Crespo told police that they were arguing after a night out, and he was attempting to drag her off of his bed. She grabbed onto a spear located at the foot of the bed with a 12-inch double-sided metal blade. The spear snapped, Crespo said, and ended up penetrating his girlfriend's chest.
A month after the July death, police obtained a search warrant for audio recorded by two smart speakers in the home, an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. The warrant covers anything recorded between July 11th at midnight and July 12th at 11:59 p.m.
"It is believed that evidence of crimes, audio recordings capturing the attack on victim Silvia Crespo that occurred in the main bedroom ... may be found on the server maintained by or for Amazon," police wrote in their probable cause statement seeking the warrant.
Amazon spokesman Leigh Nakanishi said the Echo devices only record short bursts of statements and are not eavesdropping on private conversations. He says that unless the selected "wake" word was stated (or something sounding similar), it is unlikely that the device picked up any useful information during the altercation.
Crespo is currently free on a $65,000 bond and was last in court on October 10th. Hallandale Beach Police Department spokesman Sgt. Pedro Abut says they're analyzing information from the device. So far, they haven't disclosed if anything notable was found on the tapes.