An Amazon Echo speaker has become a potential witness in a murder trial – after Amazon handed over data in an Arkansas murder case.
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The ‘smart speaker’ may have captured and recorded what happened in the death of Victor Collins, who was found dead in a hot tub at Bates’ home.
Amazon dropped its fight against a subpoena after the defendant said he wouldn’t mind if the technology giant shared information that may have been gathered by an Amazon Echo smart speaker.
James Andrew Bates has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
In paperwork filed Monday, Bates said Amazon could share the information and Amazon said it handed over material on Friday.
The Echo “listens” for key words and may have recorded what went on before Collins was found dead in November 2015.
Amazon had fought a subpoena, citing its customers’ privacy rights.
A hearing had been set for Wednesday on whether any information gathered was even pertinent.