(AP) – Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man
whose body was found in a hot tub want to expand the probe to include a new kind
of evidence: any comments overheard by the suspect’s Amazon Echo smart speaker.
Amazon says it objects to “overbroad” requests as a matter of practice, but
prosecutors insist their idea is rooted in centuries-old legal precedent.
The issue has emerged in the slaying of Victor Collins, who was found last
year at a friend’s home in Bentonville, about 150 miles northwest of Little
Rock. The friend, James Andrew Bates, was later charged with murder.
Prosecutors have asked the court to force Amazon to provide data from the Echo
that could reveal more clues about the night when Collins was apparently
strangled and drowned.
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