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CrimeJennifer Dulos case: Estranged husband and his girlfriend plead not guilty in connection with missing Connecticut mother's disappearance

21:45  11 june  2019
21:45  11 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Estranged Husband Of Missing Conn. Mother Of 5 Due Back In Court Fotis Dulos will have a new lawyer by his side: Attorney Norm Pattis. Pattis has handled numerous high-profile cases, including the so-called "Manhattan Madam" Anna Gristina in 2012.

Jennifer Dulos case: Estranged husband and his girlfriend plead not guilty in connection with missing Connecticut mother's disappearance© New Canaan Police Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five, was last seen May 24.

Jennifer Dulos' estranged husband and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to Dulos' disappearance in Connecticut 18 days ago.

The two were arrested June 1 and charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution in relation to her disappearance.

Dulos, 50, was last seen driving a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban on May 24 in New Canaan, police said. Her friends reported her missing after she missed appointments and they hadn't heard from her in 10 hours. Authorities found her car near a park, not far from her New Canaan house.

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Fotis Dulos' girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, said through her attorney, Andrew Bowman, that she wants a jury trial. She was released on a $500,000 bail after her arraignment last week and is slated to be back in court July 18.

Superior Court Judge John Blawie ordered her not to leave Connecticut without the court's approval.

Lawyer chides media

Outside the courtroom, Bowman chastised journalists for what he said was "unfair and inaccurate" reporting, including statements that have been falsely attributed to him.

"I don't need to remind you that Michelle Troconis is presumed innocent," he said, "and when you put inaccurate information in the electronic and print media, it prejudices her right to a fair trial. I assume that none of us want to do that, so I would appreciate it if some of you could verify the reporting that you put in the paper."

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Fotis Dulos remains in custody at the Bridgeport Correctional Center. His attorney wanted his $500,000 bail lowered, while prosecutors argued it should be increased.

"We don't know where Jennifer is," defense attorney Norm Pattis told Blawie. "We don't think the state knows where Jennifer is. We think that these bonds and these arrests were an attempt to pit the two of them -- Ms. Troconis and Mr. Dulos -- against each other in a classic prisoners' dilemma that was designed to give the first person to speak a 'get out of jail card' on charges that are flimsy on the outset."

Arguing his client faces financial issues and does not pose a flight risk, Pattis requested a reduction to $100,000. Prosecutors pushed for $850,000, saying Fotis Dulos' DNA was found on a faucet in the kitchen of the home from which his wife went missing. Blawie ruled the bail will stay at $500,000.

Dulos Fotis will post bail Tuesday afternoon, Pattis said. A court document says he will have to give up his passport, remain in Connecticut and submit to GPS monitoring.

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Heated custody battle

Jennifer and Fotis Dulos have been embroiled in a custody battle since 2017, and Jennifer Dulos has accused her husband of having revenge fantasies, exhibiting "irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening and controlling behavior" and saying he would abscond with their five children to another country, according to her custody petition. She also said he owned a gun.

Jennifer Dulos lived in a mansion in Farmington, Connecticut, with her husband and family until two years ago. In court documents, she said Fotis Dulos moved his girlfriend and the woman's daughter into their Farmington house, and Jennifer Dulos moved out in 2017 to a home in New Canaan and filed for divorce, court records show.

Before her disappearance, Jennifer Dulos had told officials she was afraid of Fotis Dulos and feared that filing for divorce would enrage him, court documents indicate.

Fotis Dulos denied making any threats or bullying her, according to court filings.

Since their mother went missing, the Dulos children, aged 8 to 13, have been living with their maternal grandmother at her New York City apartment, according to court documents.

Estranged Husband, Girlfriend Arrested In Disappearance Of Missing Conn. Mother

Estranged Husband, Girlfriend Arrested In Disappearance Of Missing Conn. Mother Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis have been charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering the prosecution. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio Inc(Credit: New Canaan Police Department) The 50-year-old mother of five disappeared on May 24 after dropping her kids off at school. Her black Chevrolet Suburban was found abandoned near Waveny Park. On Friday, sources told CBS2 affiliate WFSB the week-long search had turned into a homicide investigation.

The evidence

Investigators looking into the woman's disappearance discovered stains that tested positive for human blood on her garage floor, as well as evidence of attempts to clean up the scene of what investigators concluded was "a serious physical assault ... and Jennifer Dulos was the suspected victim," arrest warrants said.

The day she went missing, surveillance cameras captured someone matching the description of her estranged husband getting out of his truck and putting "multiple garbage bags into various trash receptacles" in the Hartford area, authorities said. Detectives later recovered clothing and household goods from trash receptacles with Jennifer Dulos' blood on it.

Fotis Dulos is president and CEO of the Fore Group, a Farmington company that builds custom homes.

Police have obtained and served search warrants on his properties, according to a news release from New Canaan police spokesman Lt. Jason Ferraro.

"Details regarding these searches will not be released as it could compromise this very active criminal investigation," the statement said.

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Blood spatter was found in Jennifer Dulos' home and on items discarded in several locations, police said.

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