Mobile Cellphone Helped Convict Murderer.

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Mobile Helped Convict Murderer.

By Elisa Batista, Wired News

2:00 a.m. Oct. 17, 2001 PDT  
     
A Palo Alto, California, man has been convicted of murdering his wife, partly based on testimony from his cell phone service provider.

Kenneth Fitzhugh was sentenced 15 years to life in prison and ordered to pay at least $20,000 in restitution for the murder of his wife, Kristine Fitzhugh, a music teacher. Fitzhugh will not be eligible for parole until May 2015.

In the murder trial, which took place in Santa Clara County (California) Superior Court, a Verizon Wireless engineer testified for the prosecution that it was "impossible" for Fitzhugh to have been far away from home -- the murder scene -- at around the time his wife was killed. The engineer made the assessment based on the location of Fitzhugh's cell phone.

Prosecutors say Fitzhugh bludgeoned his wife, Kristine, of 33 years and then dumped her body in the basement to make it look like an accident because she was going to tell their eldest son that another man was his biological father.
 
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