Alexa might determine whether an accused murderer goes free

Clay Curtis
November 4, 2019

But police think the device, nicknamed "Alexa" after its wake word, might have heard and recorded more than a shopping order.

The incident in question happened back in July: Sylvia Galva Crespo, 32, died in her Hallandale Beach, Florida, home after a mysterious accident left her stabbed through the chest with a spear inexplicably already in the apartment.

Hallandale Beach officials say the Amazon Echo or a similar device was in a home where a woman was slain in July.

According to, in order for a device to start recording, the user has to rouse the device by saying the wake word "Alexa".

Crespo has been launched from custody after posting $65,000 bond and his subsequent courtroom date has not but been scheduled, the Solar-Sentinel stories. "I believe either she broke the spear and it happened to be the flawless storm of her falling at the same time, or she used the spear to try to reach out and hit him with it", O'Toole said.

A spokesperson for the department told the Sun Sentinel authorities had received the recordings and are now analysing them.

Christopher O'Toole, an attorney for Crespo, told ABC News that he was "looking forward to the recordings" because he believes they will reveal the truth around Galva's death.

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DiRenzo did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday. Last year, a judge ordered Amazon to turn over any recordings from an Echo device after Christine Sullivan was stabbed in her Farmington, New Hampshire home on January 27, 2017, according to The Washington Post.

Outside of security exploits, there's no substantial evidence that Echo speakers record continuously - they're only supposed to capture audio in a brief window of time after someone says Alexa's wake word. "By default, Echo devices are created to detect only your chosen wake word", he said.

While Crespo was pulling the victim from the bed, he heard a snap, according to the police report.

Staff at the hospital Galva was taken to said the blade pierced her sternum "at an angle".

"The actions of the defendant caused the victim to grab the spear to keep herself on the bed", police said.

Amazon Echo customers could be in line for compensation after employees eavesdropped on them in their homes, lawyers claim. "The force used by the defendant to remove the victim caused the shaft to break and in an unknown way caused the blade to pierce the victim, which caused the loss of life", the police report said.

"Only then does the device begin recording and sending your request to Amazon's secure cloud", the website states.

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