Defense says records of estranged husband of missing mom will provide an ‘effective alibi’
The lawyer for the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos said on Tuesday that it is ‘implausible’ that his client killed his wife based off the timeline of the day when she went missing.
Norm Pattis, who is representing Fotis Dulos, detailed how his 51-year-old client met with an attorney at his home in Farmington, Connecticut until around 9am on May 24.
Fotis was arrested two weeks ago and charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution after his wife, Jennifer, 50, vanished on May 24.
Pattis said that phone and computer records would help prove that Fotis has an ‘effective alibi defense’ and was at home through the morning until his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, came home at approximately 11am.
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Norm Pattis, the attorney representing the 51-year-old, (left) said that phone and computer records would help prove that Fotis Dulos (center) has an ‘effective alibi defense’ and was home when his girlfriend – Michelle Troconis – came home at approximately 11am
The lawyer described that Jennifer dropped her children off at 8.30am and that the housekeeper hadn’t noticed ‘anything amiss’ when checking the house at noon. A map showing the defense’s alibi
‘There is no dispute between Mr. Dulos and the state that he was back in Farmington by 1:33 [p.m.],’ Pattis said, according to ABC News. ‘So to our minds that is an effective alibi.’
The lawyer said that Jennifer dropped her children off at school at 8.30am and that the housekeeper hadn’t noticed ‘anything amiss’ when checking the house at noon.
Pattis said that there was only a four-hour window for Fotis to have driven 70 miles to his estranged wife’s New Canaan home, where ‘he would have had to confront Ms. Dulos in the garage or some other part of the house, kill her, try to clean up, dispose of the body in broad daylight on a well-populated section of the state and get back to Farmington.’
The lawyer continued: ‘If the electronic data confirms that his devices were in use at that location, it’ll be an open question whether he was using [the devices] or someone else was… This is the beginning of an effective alibi defense. The alibi is enormous.’
Pattis said that there was only a four-hour window for Fotis to have driven 70 miles to his estranged wife’s New Canaan home, where ‘he would have had to confront Ms. Dulos in the garage or some other part of the house, kill her, try to clean up, dispose of the body in broad daylight on a well populated section of the state and get back to Farmington.’
Fotis Dulos left court on Tuesday afternoon after posting $500,000 bond following his not guilty plea to charges relating to the disappearance of his estranged wife.
Fotis, still dressed in his orange jumpsuit, walked out the front of Stamford Superior Court flanked by law enforcement and climbed into a black SUV before being driven off.
Earlier this afternoon, Fotis had appeared, wearing handcuffs, in family court at the Stamford courthouse for a custody hearing for his five children.
He pleaded the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination when his wife’s divorce attorneys asked that he take the stand to testify in the child custody case.
Michael Meehan, an attorney and guardian for the five Dulos children, who are aged eight to 13 years old, said he had visited them at their grandmother’s home last week and said their emotional and financial needs are being met.
Fotis Dulos left court today after posting $500,000 bond following his not guilty plea to charges relating to the disappearance of his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos
The 51-year-old, still dressed in his orange jumpsuit, walked out the front of Stamford Superior Court flanked by law enforcement and climbed into a black SUV before being driven off
Both Fotis and his socialite girlfriend, Michelle Troconis (leaving court on Tuesday) pleaded not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution
Traconis was accompanied to court with her sister (center) and parents (left). They are seen leaving Stamford Superior court on Tuesday
Lawyers for Jennifer and her mother, Gloria Farber, asked that the grandmother be granted custody of the children who have been staying in her New York City apartment since their mother went missing.
Fotis’ divorce lawyer, Michael Rose, asked that the status quo be observed with Farber continuing to have temporary custody.
Judge Donna Heller ordered a recess on Tuesday while she came to a decision in the case.
Fotis Dulos hired a new criminal defense team this weekend led by Alex Jones’ attorney Norm Pattis who has claimed that there is ‘no evidence’ to prove his client was involved in ‘foul play’.
At the hearing on Tuesday, State’s Attorney, Richard Colangelo Jr, told the court that investigators found Fotis Dulos’ DNA mixed with his wife’s blood on a faucet in the kitchen of her New Canaan home.
On Tuesday, both Fotis and his socialite girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, pleaded not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.
The judge asked that Fotis remain in Connecticut, surrender his passport and be fitted with a GPS monitoring device. He set the next court date for August 2.
During the hearing, Pattis said: ‘There’s enormous public interest in the case. Mr Dulos is being tried and convicted in the court of public opinion of a crime he has not yet been charged with.
Troconis, (center), listens as a member of her legal team Andrew Bowman (left) addresses the court after she entered a not guilty plea
Jennifer Dulos (pictured) has been missing since May 24 after she was last seen dropping her children off at their school in New Canaan
‘What we know is that Jennifer went missing…We have been able to account for Mr Dulos’ movement for all of that time.’
Pattis said that the prosecution has been ‘fueling speculation that there’s a dismembered body’.
He called the prosecution’s theory ‘ludicrous’.
‘There is no body we are aware and I’m sick of hearing about it…my client is entitled to the presumption of innocence. ‘We don’t know where Jennifer is,’ Pattis said in court.
Pattis also noted that, at the time of Jennifer’s disappearance, the custody case was moving in his client’s favor, adding that the court had made ‘adverse findings about Jennifer’s mental health’ which he did not want to put on the record at this time.
According to Pattis, Troconis’ lawyer, Andrew Bowman, won’t speak with him about what she told Colangelo.
Colangelo asked for Fotis Dulos’s bond to be increased to $850,000 because the case is ‘fluid’.
He told the court that the ‘lab was able to confirm that the defendant’s DNA was found in a mixture with the victim’s blood on the faucet in Jennifer’s kitchen’.
The judge asked that Fotis Dulos (pictured in court Tuesday) remain in Connecticut, surrender his passport and be fitted with a GPS monitor. He set the next court date for August 2
Troconis (pictured) appeared in court on Tuesday just before Fotis. She was dressed in grey slacks with a light blue blouse and a grey cardigan. Her GPS ankle monitor was not visible
According to Dulos’ attorney Norm Pattis, Troconis’ lawyer, Andrew Bowman, won’t speak with him about what she told Colangelo (she is pictured entering court on Tuesday)
Pattis admitted that his client was at Jennifer Dulos’ home days earlier which would account for his DNA.
Colangelo replied that Dulos was at the home days before Jennifer Dulos disappeared – but did not enter the house and was only in the back yard.
Pattis asked to have the trial expedited to August.
‘Mr Dulos is tired of sitting back and hearing people pick apart his motives. We are ready for trial now,’ the attorney said.
‘If he becomes eligible then, I assure you, the court will accommodate him,’ the judge responded.
Outside court, Pattis said that he believed Troconis is cooperating with prosecutors.
‘She spoke to the state, they won’t give us a copy of what she said.
‘You don’t talk to the state voluntarily unless you’re cooperating somehow. She wants something from them. The question is what did they offer her and what did she give them? As near as we can tell, she gave them nothing,’ Pattis said.
State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr told the court that the ‘lab was able to confirm that the defendant’s DNA was found on the faucet mixed with the victim’s blood in her kitchen’. Officers previously searched Jennifer’s home, (pictured), and found her blood in the garage
Troconis appeared in court on Tuesday ahead of her boyfriend. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.
She was dressed in grey slacks with silver flats, a striped blue blouse and a grey cardigan.
Troconis was accompanied to court by her sister, mother and father.
Her next court date has been set for July 18. Troconis has been out on a $500,000 bond since last week after surrendering her passport and being fitted for a GPS ankle monitor.
Both Dulos and Troconis appeared at Norwalk Superior Court for an initial hearing last Monday.
The father-of-five had been held at Bridgeport Correction Facility after being unable to post $500,000 bail.
Troconis has told police she does not know the whereabouts of Jennifer, the Hartford Courant reported on Tuesday.
Sources said that investigators have proof that Troconis was not in Jennifer’s home on May 24, the day she went missing.
Last Thursday, Troconis met with state police investigators and the state attorney for several hours at the office of her lawyer Andrew Bowman, where she reportedly made a confession. Bowman has declined to comment on her case.
On Friday, Troconis was seen with detectives at the Farmington mansion where she lived with Fotis.
Fotis, (left), and Troconis, (right), are pictured being led into Norwalk Superior Court on Monday morning by New Canaan police, judicial marshals, and the state police
Investigators have spent the last week systematically searching properties connected to The Fore Group, Fotis’ construction company, and the acres of woods behind the former family home in Farmington.
Police have also searched Jennifer’s New Canaan home where she lived with her five children after filing for divorce in 2017.
The couple’s five children, aged eight to 13, are being cared for by their grandmother Gloria Farber in her New York City apartment and are being protected by armed guards.
Video evidence obtained by police revealed a man, resembling Fotis Dulos, dumping up to 30 garbage bags into trash cans along Albany Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut just hours after his estranged wife disappeared, according to court records.
A woman, resembling Troconis, is seen on video sitting in the passenger seat as Dulos throws out the bags.
Some of the bags were recovered by investigators before they were picked up and taken to a trash-to-energy plant in Hartford’s South Meadows.
Last week’s garbage pickup was delayed by one day because of the Memorial Day public holiday, so most of the trash from the Albany Avenue area was not destroyed.
Police have been searching through the garbage using cadaver dogs for evidence.
Items submitted to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection lab found that they contained Jennifer’s blood, according to the arrest warrant.
‘Based on the crime scene processing, investigators came to the consensus that a serious physical assault had occurred at the scene, and Jennifer Dulos was the suspected victim,’ the warrant reads.
Jennifer’s blood was found on clothing and other items including kitchen sponges thrown out in areas along Albany Avenue, according to court documents.
Fotis and Jennifer had been locked in a vicious custody battle for their five children for the last two years.
A divorce filing from the missing woman stated that she feared her estranged husband would harm her and that he owned a gun.
It also emerged that Fotis was fighting his wife’s mother in court after he failed to pay back $1.7million in loans to his company.
On Thursday, Troconis (right) met with state police investigators and the state’s attorney for several hours at her lawyer’s office, where she reportedly made a confession
Troconis reportedly made the confession last week. She is seen leaving her attorney’s office on Thursday
Police are seen at Fotis’ home in Farmington on Friday, where Troconis traveled with police after giving a videotaped interview to them in the presence of her attorney
Fotis’ cell phone records indicate that on the day Jennifer disappeared, he traveled from his home to a business property at 1.30pm, went back home around 4.20pm, returned to the property at 5.20pm, and then went back home once more at 5.30pm.
At 7.10pm, his phone was tracked to Hartford, where the bloodied items were later recovered.
Police said in the arrest warrant that neither Fotis nor Troconis were cooperating in their investigation at the time.
Jennifer has been missing since May 24 after she was last seen dropping her children off at their school in New Canaan.
She was reported missing that night after failing to show up to several appointments.
Police suspect that she was attacked in her home between 8-11am.
According to the warrant, police found dark stains believed to be blood on the floor of the garage as well as blood spatter and evidence of a clean-up job.
Her car was later found abandoned in Waveny Park, a short distance from her home. Police have also been seen conducting grid searches of the large parkland area.
Pattis replaced Eugene Riccio, who represented Fotis Dulos during his first court appearance last week. Pattis is also representing Infowars host Alex Jones.
Jones is being sued by families of Sandy Hook victims after claiming that the 2012 school massacre was a hoax and alleging that the victims’ parents were actors.
Pattis spoke out in defense of his client in a statement released on Saturday.
‘I caution the world at large that things are rarely as they appear early on in a sensationalized investigation like this one,’ it read.
‘The rush to judgement stops now, as does the conviction by innuendo. If necessary, we’ll let a jury decide what happened here.’
On Monday, New Canaan police announced a website seeking tips on Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance – www.FindJenniferDulos.com.
Anyone with information on the mother’s disappearance can contact police at 203-594-3544, or FindJenniferDulos@newcanaanct.gov.