Apple Watch data used as murder evidence

Australian police say that Apple Watch data shows time of murder, implicates suspect

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Apple Watch data used as murder evidence Australian police claim that Apple Watch data casts doubt on a murder suspect's claims.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 5, 2018

Data from an Apple Watch has been used as evidence in a murder trial underway in Australia.

In September 2016, a woman wearing one of Apple's wearable devices, was murdered in Adelaide Australia, and now police contend that the watch's movement and heart rate sensor prove her time of death, implicating the murderer, the BBC reports.

The victim, Myrna Nilsson, was reported to have been killed by a group of unknown men, according to her daughter-in-law Caroline Nilsson. Adelaide police however, believe that Mrs Wilson was murdered by her daughter-in-law, and that the Apple Watch data proves this.

The prosecution said that data recorded by the sensors of the watch, apparently showed the wearer going into shock and losing consciousness, at a much earlier time than that reported by Nilsson.

Nilsson had claimed that her mother-in-law argued with the unknown men for some time before they attacked both women in their house. The Apple Watch data suggests Myrna Nilsson was attacked at around 6:38pm and died by 6:45pm, police said, but Caroline Nilsson did not report the crime until well after 10pm. The trial continues.

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