For release on September 11, 2019
Chief Trial Deputy/
Supervising Deputy District Attorney
Suspect in Fitbit Murder Dies in Custody
The 91-year-old man charged with killing his 67-year-old stepdaughter in San Jose last year has died in custody.
Anthony Aiello was arrested after an investigation of the death of Karen Navarra indicated that her death was staged as a suicide. The investigation included an autopsy, security video, blood and DNA evidence, as well as an analysis of the victim’s Fitbit - which showed the approximate time of her death.
The case against Aiello will be dismissed, as is protocol when a defendant dies before the disposition of their criminal case.
“The case is over, but our thoughts remain with Ms. Navarro,” Chief Trial Deputy Angela Bernhard said.
Navarra’s body was discovered Sept. 13, 2018 when a co-worker stopped by her house after she failed to show up for work at the Regional Medical Center pharmacy. A knife had been placed in her hand to make it appear to be a suicide.
Evidence showed that Navarra had died from injuries to her head from another, heavier, weapon. When confronted by evidence that contradicted his version of where he was around the time of her death, Aiello repeatedly said: “I’m done.”
Aiello was indicted by the Grand Jury on August 7, 2019.