Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules

A stock image of an Amazon Echo

An Amazon Echo may have captured audio of a cold-blooded killing in New Hampshire, and prosecutors have won the rights to the recordings, a judge ruled Friday.

Pellegrini, 32, had been stabbed 43 times and Sullivan, 48, was stabbed eight times and had her skull fractured, according to authorities.

Verrill pleaded not guilty and faces trial.

The motion, which was made in lieu of an application for a search warrant, also asks for information identifying cellular devices that were paired to that smart speaker in that time period. Now a court has ordered Amazon hand over Echo recordings made at the home.

On Oct. 30, Senior Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward asked Houran to direct Amazon.com to produce any recordings made between January 27 and January 29, 2017, suggesting evidence of the crime of murder and/or hindering apprehension of prosecution could be found on the device.


Sullivan, 48, and Jenna Pellegrini, 32, were stabbed to death January 27, 2017.

The court said it was probably the speaker could have recorded "evidence of crimes committed against Ms. Sullivan, including the attack and possible removal of the body from the kitchen".

Verrill was arrested in February 2017, having fled across state lines to Lawrence, Massachusetts, and subsequently charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of reckless second-degree murder, and five counts of falsifying physical evidence in connection with the two deaths and his actions in concealing them.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment on Saturday morning, but a spokesperson told the Associated Press that it would not give up any data "without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us".

Their bodies were discovered by Smoronk when he returned home from a trip and found his girlfriend missing.

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