Ark. Dem.-Gaz.: Amazon will turn over any data recorded in man’s hot-tub death by Tracy Neal:
Murder suspect allows access to voice-activated device
BENTONVILLE — Amazon has agreed to turn over any material on its server from a murder suspect after he consented to the release of the information.
James Bates is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. He has pleaded innocent to the charges.
Bates is accused of killing Victor Collins, 47, of Centerton on Nov. 22, 2015. He is also accused of tampering with evidence by using a garden hose to wash away blood from his hot tub and patio area, according to court documents.
Collins was found dead in the hot tub. He died from strangulation, with drowning as a secondary cause, according to the documents.
Bates owns Amazon’s Echo device, which was in his home at the time of Collins’ death.The Echo is a hands-free speaker that users control with their voice. It uses a processor to identify a “wake word” and, in response to the word, connects to Amazon’s cloud-based Alexa voice service to receive and respond to voice commands.