Smart Meter Data at Crux of Arkansas Murder Case

James Bates, before he was accused of murder by Bentonville, AR police based on his smart water meter readings.

Imagine this scenario:

You just got a bonus at work, bought a new barbecue smoker and a large hot tub at your suburban home. Your 5-year old son (whom you have custody of) is at his mother’s home for the Thanksgiving holiday and you decide to invite a few pals over to watch the game on TV, and kick back and drink some beers.

As the evening passes, vodka shots are downed, more beer is drunk, people are enjoying the hot tub. It gets late, and you decide to go to bed.  A couple of your friends are still in the jacuzzi. You go inside the house and get in bed, lay around and text some friends, and make a few drunk, aborted calls.  You drift off to sleep, wake up around 9:30am the next morning, walk out into your kitchen, look out your back window, and see one of your guests from the previous night face down in the hot tub, apparently drowned and not responding.  You call 911. The police and then the coroner come.

This is what happened on the night of November 21st, 2015, according to the host of the party, James Bates, a resident of Bentonville, Arkansas.

Three days later, still reeling from the tragic events of that night, the police told Bates that they believed his friend Victor Collins, a former law enforcement officer, was murdered.

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A Mueller water meter of the type that Bentonville police extracted data from to charge James Bates with murder.

Then, 3 months after the incident, police came and arrested Bates on the charge of 1st degree murder. The arrest was based largely on smart water meter readings they obtained–without a warrant–from the City of Bentonville Water Department.

Police claim that this data shows that Bates used a significant amount of water between 1am and 3am, water that prosecuters say was used to spray down his patio. The police case is outlined in this affidavit.

In an exclusive interview with Stop Smart Meters!, Bates insisted on his innocence and said that his friend’s death was a tragedy, and must have been the result of combining a lot of liquor, a jacuzzi, and a late night. He told us that Collins was found by medical examiners to have had a .32 blood alcohol content when he died.

Bates also speculates that the smart meter data is not accurate and that the timing on the meter must have been off (possibly switched between AM/PM). He asserts that he can prove he used approximately that same amount of water to fill the hot tub earlier that day. He says it is notable that the smart meter data report obtained by the Bentonville police department does not reflect any large consumption of water used earlier that day.

google_cctvThe use of smart meter data by law enforcement to charge someone with murder is a stark example of where violations of privacy can mean the difference between a life of freedom and a life in prison.

With the numerous reports of inaccuracies, switched meters, and wireless transmission problems with smart meters, it is more than a little disturbing that law enforcement is now basing criminal indictments on spy devices installed stealthily–and most of the time without permission–in your home. If accessing private data from your smart meter without a warrant is considered acceptable by society, then why not deploy CCTV in everyone’s living room, and have live feeds direct to police headquarters. Where does the creeping surveillance end?

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 3.03.37 PMThis case shows that detailed monitoring of activities within the home is a key design feature of the smart grid and smart meters, and that law enforcement is presently using this detailed data about one’s private activities in the home–without a warrant–to prosecute individuals on charges as serious as murder. This is what Stop Smart Meters! and many other privacy advocates have warned would happen if we accepted smart meters onto our homes and businesses.  Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and like everything else related to the smart meter program, the utilities and the governments who cover for them continue to lie through their teeth.

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 3.19.49 PMExhibit A: In Naperville, Illinios, where a 4th amendment case against the city’s smart meter program continues to simmer in the courts, one of the arguments that the city has used to defend against the charge that their smart meters are violating the Constitution, is that if the police needed smart meter usage data, they would first obtain a court-ordered search warrant. The James Bates case shows that in practice, law enforcement is obtaining this data routinely without a warrant, and in direct violation of the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Following are two citations from the legal record, showing  a blatant inconsistency in how the promise of smart meter data confidentiality by authorities contrasts with the reality of an official lack of regard for due process and protection of individual privacy.

The Promise (from Naperville’s 4th amendment case):

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The Reality (from Bentonville, AR Police Affidavit):

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The repercussions of these clear 4th amendment violations are deadly serious–for James, and for everyone who values privacy, truth and justice.

A promotional poster for Mueller smart meter mesh network system- the same system in place in James Bates' Bentonville neighborhood

A promotional poster for Mueller smart meter mesh network system- the same system in place in James Bates’ Bentonville neighborhood


Local Mainstream Media Coverage:


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You can contact James Bates’ attorney, Kim Weber, via email, at, or by phone at (479) 381-0865. Those with a technical or detailed knowledge of wireless water meter mesh network systems are encouraged to contact.

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Smart Meter Injury Testimonials

California residents return smart meters en masse to the utility in an early action coordinated by

More than a dozen California residents injured by smart meter radiation returned their smart meters en masse to the utility in an effective 2011 direct action

If you ever think to yourself, “oh maybe it’s not that bad- maybe people are exaggerating the health threat posed by smart meters…” read this document (pdf) and print it out for your family.

The document contains Stop Smart Meters! official testimony that we submitted as part of the Maine Supreme Court case. It includes dozens of firsthand testimonials from people who were injured primarily by PG&E “Smart” Meters.  We’ve also submitted similar testimony in proceedings in the United Kingdom and recently, in New Mexico.

We’ve permanently linked the document at the top of the “Don’t Miss” menu on the right side of our site, so you can easily find it. To watch a video of the ladies above, and others speaking about the serious health impacts that led them to take direct action and have the meters removed from their properties, click here. Links to peer-reviewed science that backs up the thousands of these testimonials can be found on our Science Page.

The Evidence is in.  It’s Time to Act.

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Back to School Sale: 10% Off All EMF Meters in Our Store

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Offline is the New Luxury

This documentary, Offline is the New Luxury, is well worth a watch. Although it does not address the issue of RF health impacts specifically, it does flirt with the issue a number of times. Adopting the EHS terminology of “white zone” it documents how those areas without internet access are quickly vanishing from the face of the planet, driven by companies like Google and Facebook, and their quest for new markets.

Truly terrifying when you layer the  carcinogenicity and toxicity of RF on top of the existing social consequences of our tech addiction.

Technology can be a good thing, but let’s keep it wired, and within reason. Unfortunately the tech behemoths have other ideas in mind for our future.

So get out there and defend a white zone today! Not so sure about reporting it through an iPhone app though…

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Tom Wheeler Dodges Tough Questions at FCC Hearing

Also, see here for a journalist account of security intimidation at the FCC meeting, after he requested to see a t-shirt carried by an attendee with a wireless safety message on it. The repression and intimidation of the press and of the public by agencies which we fund and ostensibly serve us– is not acceptable.

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