ELLINGTON, Conn. — Court records show a Connecticut man charged with killing his wife wiped out most of her assets in the months between her death and his arrest.

The Hartford Courant reports Richard Dabate took hundreds of thousands of dollars from his wife’s retirement accounts, emptied her bank accounts and was about to sell the couple’s Vernon home before a judge halted the sale.

The details on Connie Dabate’s assets were released Tuesday after a probate judge scheduled a hearing to learn why her estate was worth only $6.42.

A lawyer representing the woman’s sister says he plans to file a motion for Richard Dabate to return $70,000. That was the amount her estate was reportedly worth before her death in December 2015.

Dabate has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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