Murder trial delayed for ‘unprecedented, critical’ Apple Watch evidence

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Apple Watch heart rate monitor could help change the course of a murder investigation.
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An Australian murder trial has been pushed back to January 2019 so that prosecutors can seek expert analysis of “unprecedented, critical evidence” taken from an Apple Watch worn at the time of the event.

As we’ve noted before, the Apple Watch has become a central piece of evidence in the Myrna Nilsson murder case because it appears to contradict testimony about the point at which the death took place.

Apple Health data used as evidence in murder trial

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Apple's Health app was used to recreate a murder suspect's movements.
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Data from the Apple Health app is being used as evidence in a trial concerning the rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman in Germany. The individual accused of the crime is Hussein K., an Afghan refugee, who has been on trial since September.

The trial has been complicated by the fact that aspects of Hussein’s life are not clear, including his real age and a period of time — when the crime was committed — during which his whereabouts are unknown.

FBI will help unlock another iPhone in Arkansas murder trial

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Seized iPhone and iPod may contain crucial evidence, say prosecutors.
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Having reportedly gained access to the iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino shooting case, the FBI has agreed to use its newfound hacking abilities to aid an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers who stand accused of murdering a couple.