Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of a Connecticut mom of 5, Jennifer Dulos, who’s been lacking for greater than two weeks, posted $500,000 bail on Tuesday in a prison case tied to her disappearance.
After officers confiscated his passport and fitted Dulos with a location-monitoring machine, he walked out of a Connecticut courthouse. He was nonetheless sporting an orange jail jumpsuit after having spent greater than every week behind bars on the Bridgeport Correctional Middle as a result of he’d been unable to make bail.
He refused to reply questions as he left the courthouse.
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Fotis Dulos’ legal professional, Norm Pattis, argued Tuesday that his shopper’s $500,000 bail must be lowered to $100,000. He mentioned the state’s case towards Dulos was weak, and expressed doubt that his shopper would ever be charged with homicide.
State’s Lawyer Richard Colangelo revealed at a courtroom listening to on Tuesday that Fotis Dulos’ DNA was discovered combined together with his spouse’s blood on a kitchen faucet within the New Canaan residence she lived in after they separated. He disclosed the proof to problem the request to decrease bail. Colangelo argued that bond must be raised to $850,000, however the decide saved it at $500,000.
Pattis mentioned his shopper posted bail utilizing his retirement fund as collateral. After the listening to, Pattis mentioned he believed his shopper can be “totally exonerated,” including that he has an alibi. He mentioned that the state “picked this combat and we’ll win it.”
Fotis Dulos’ subsequent courtroom listening to is about for Aug. 2.
A listening to within the divorce and little one custody case was additionally held on Tuesday earlier than Dulos posted bail. He declined to reply questions throughout the listening to, citing his Fifth Modification proper towards self-incrimination.
Dulos is underneath orders to not have contact with the kids, who vary in age from eight to 13, whereas free on bail. A decide didn’t rule on the custody of the kids on Tuesday. They’ve been staying in New York Metropolis with Jennifer Dulos’ mom, Gloria Farber, who has been granted momentary custody.
Anne Dranginis, Farber’s legal professional, mentioned that association was in the most effective curiosity of the kids throughout this “horrendous time of their lives.”
Michael Meehan, the kids’s court-appointed guardian, took the stand on the custody listening to and mentioned he spoke with Fotis Dulos the day after his estranged spouse disappeared to inquire about an alibi. Dulos indicated he was residence the day gone by and had conferences within the afternoon, Meehan mentioned.
When requested if he had considerations with the kids having contact with their father, Meehan mentioned, “At this level I do.”
Fotis Dulos’ live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, additionally pleaded not responsible earlier than Decide John Blawie to hindering prosecution and tampering with proof on Tuesday. She posted $500,000 bail final week.
Her subsequent courtroom date is July 18.
Following the transient listening to, her legal professional Andrew Bowman, lashed out on the media for what he referred to as “unfair and inaccurate” reporting and mentioned that his shopper is harmless.
Earlier, Pattis advised Fox Information there are “highly effective causes” to doubt his shopper was at his spouse’s New Canaan residence the day she disappeared.
Authorities mentioned Troconis wasn’t in New Canaan the day Jennifer Dulos went lacking, based on The Hartford Courant. Troconis advised police she has no thought the place Dulos may have been, the paper additionally reported.
Police obtained a search warrant for her now-confiscated phone.
Jennifer Dulos, 50, was final seen on Could 24, when she dropped her kids off at their non-public college in New Canaan.
The case has acquired nationwide consideration and the seek for Dulos — coming into its 18th day — has stretched from Connecticut to neighboring New York.
Monday marked the sixth consecutive day investigators combed by a trash facility in Hartford. They began final Tuesday, painstakingly looking out the soccer field-size space in search of Dulos. At occasions, they’ve introduced in cadaver canines at help however up to now their search has come up empty.
Citing surveillance video and cellphone location proof, authorities accuse Fotis Dulos and Troconis of dumping clothes, sponges and different gadgets that contained Jennifer Dulos’ blood at a number of places in Hartford, together with the trash facility. Police have mentioned the folks within the surveillance video match the outline of Fotis Dulos and Troconis.
Pattis mentioned Tuesday that police have not recognized the license plate of the car seen on video in Hartford when the gadgets have been discarded.
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When requested why Fotis Dulos’ DNA was discovered combined with Jennifer Dulos’ blood, Pattis mentioned he didn’t know.
“He was in the home. Have you learnt the place your DNA is?” he requested a reporter.
Pattis added: “I might ask everybody to place apart the straightforward narrative right here that an offended ex-spouse took issues into his personal fingers to resolve a custody dispute. That did not occur. Having mentioned that, I do not know what occurred.”
In arrest warrants, police wrote that blood spatter and proof of cleanup makes an attempt have been additionally discovered on the lacking mom’s residence.
The unhealthy blood between the previous couple escalated within the weeks main as much as Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. Their divorce and custody battle had turn into more and more bitter and divisive. In line with courtroom paperwork, greater than 400 motions have been filed. Jennifer and Fotis Dulos accused one another of ignoring courtroom orders and threatened to harm each other in entrance of their 5 kids. There have been additionally threats to kill each other and at occasions, even the kids.
Following Fotis Dulos’ June Three arrest, an investigation into his background by Fox Information revealed an advanced man who saved up appearances as a profitable businessman for years when in reality he was drowning in debt. He obtained his enterprise Fore Group Inc. off the bottom with monetary help from his father-in-law, who between 2004 and 2016, fronted him almost $10 million. The funds have been largely lower off in 2017, across the similar time his marriage to Jennifer Dulos was ending.
After Jennifer Dulos’ father, Hilliard Farber, handed away in 2017, her mom, now the executor of her husband’s property, sued Fotis Dulos for $500,000 in January 2018. Courtroom paperwork claimed the Farbers loaned Fotis Dulos the cash in 2012 and that he had promised to pay them again however hadn’t executed so by June 2017.
Whereas Fotis Dulos has been behind bars, Troconis was noticed on Thursday assembly with detectives at her lawyer Andrew Bowman’s Westport workplace. A day later she was noticed with investigators on the Farmington residence she lived in with Dulos. Whereas it isn’t recognized whether or not Troconis made a take care of prosecutors, NBC Connecticut’s drone footage confirmed folks looking out the yard and the wooded space behind the 10,000 square-foot residence.
“The cities of New Canaan, Farmington and Avon have responded to Jennifer’s disappearance with a gradual stream of affection,” Jennifer Dulos’ good friend Carrie Luft mentioned on Tuesday in an announcement on behalf of her household and buddies. “These gestures of empathy and kinship have helped maintain us going.”
“Jennifer’s household, buddies, and above all her kids live in limbo — lacking her embrace, her lilting chortle, her bedtime backrubs, her light power,” Luft wrote.
“Please know that the kids are protected and cherished and supported in each respect. However greater than something on the earth, they lengthy to know the place their mom is.”
Luft requested anybody with details about Jennifer’s disappearance to contact police, pointing to the newly launched web site – www.FindJenniferDulos.com – and a devoted e-mail [email protected]
Luft additionally thanked the forces of the New Canaan and Connecticut State Police “for his or her ongoing and exhaustive efforts to find Jennifer.”
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“Thanks additionally to each single one that has referred to as in a tip,” she added. “Hold the knowledge coming. Please assist us discover Jennifer.”
Fox Information’ Maria Paronich, Tamara Gitt, Lissa Kaplan, Barnini Chakraborty and The Related Press contributed to this report.