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Data from man’s pacemaker led to arson charges

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Ross Compton has been indicted on felony charges of aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly starting the fire at his Middletown home.

@josephfcox: Cops want data from phones, cars, the internet of things, and now… pacemakers

Compton, who has extensive medical problems, including an artificial heart implant that uses an eternal pump, told police that when he saw the fire, he packed some belongings in a suitcase and bags. He told police that he then broke out the glass of his bedroom window with a cane and threw the bags and suitcase outside before taking them to his car.

A cardiologist who reviewed that data determined “it is highly improbable Mr. Compton would have been able to collect, pack and remove the number of items from the house, exit his bedroom window and carry numerous large and heavy items to the front of his residence during the short period of time he has indicated due to his medical conditions,” the court documents state.

Data from man’s pacemaker led to arson charges