ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – New information in the murder of an Abilene realtor reveals his brother-in-law and sister were communicating with the the victim about an ongoing dispute prior to his death.
A search warrant filed so detectives can gain access to Google e-mail accounts controlled by Luke and Ellouise Sweetser states the couple was sending emails to Tom Niblo that involved a strife between family members over Tom and Ellouise’s deceased father’s estate.
Investigators, “also discovered that often Ellouise would forward emails to Luke about the tension in the family and about the Niblo [father’s] estate”, according to the search warrant.
Court documents filed in the days after Tom Niblo was shot and killed inside his south Abilene home on December 13, 2016 reveal the Sweetser’s were upset because Tom and his mother were made executors of the father’s will, but Ellouise was excluded, according the the documents.
Detectives believe the Sweetser’s Google e-mail accounts and back-up data will provide “investigative leads and evidence relevant to this ongoing criminal investigation,” the search warrant states.
They also hope this data stored with Google will reveal where the Sweetsers were before, during, and after Niblo’s murder. Previous court documents claim Sweetser has no alibi for the morning of the murder.
A search warrant has also been filed for Tom Niblo’s Apple iCloud storage, which contains communications and electronic data. Detectives want all information stored on this cloud between October of 2016 and Niblo’s date of death.
No arrests have been made in connection to Niblo’s murder, and Luke Sweetser remains the only publicly identified suspect in the crime.
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