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Fotis Dulos Declared Dead Days After Suicide Attempt, Lawyer Claims ‘He Has Been Executed'
Fotis Dulos has been declared dead days after an apparent suicide attempt by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fotis Dulos, the man who faced murder charges in connection with his missing estranged wife Jennifer Dulos, has died following an apparent suicide attempt earlier this week.
Dulos, 52, was found unresponsive in a car parked in his garage Tuesday after he neglected to show up for a scheduled emergency hearing related to his $6 million bond. A hose was spotted attached to the tailpipe of Dulos’ Chevy Suburban, parked in the garage, the New York Post reported.
One of Dulos' lawyers, Rich Rochlin, told NBC News previously that Dulos had attempted to kill himself.
He was rushed to the Bronx’s Jacobi Medical Center where he had been listed in critical condition while being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning, according to The Associated Press. He was declared dead at 5:32 pm, his lawyer Norm Pattis told Oxygen.com in a statement.
“Mr. Dulos was tried and convicted in the court of public opinion,” the statement from Pattis read. “Now he has been executed. We remain committed to demonstrating he did not murder Jennifer.”
Dulos also insisted he was innocent in a note found at his home after his suicide attempt.
In the course of searching the vehicle in which Dulos was found unresponsive, police officers recovered the note in which Dulos “declared his innocence of the infamous and heinous crimes that the state has accused him of and claimed his lawyers have the evidence to prove it," a court motion revealing the note reads.
Jennifer Dulos disappeared last May amid contentious divorce and child custody proceedings with Fotis Dulos. The couple have five children, who have been staying with Jennifer Dulos’ mother in New York since she vanished after dropping them off at school in New Canaan. Jennifer Dulos’ body has not been found, but police have asserted that she is dead.
An arrest warrant issued by investigators alleged that Dulos was “lying in wait” for Jennifer the day she vanished and that “the crime and clean-up are believed to have occurred” shortly after. A Connecticut State Police arrest warrant, obtained by Oxygen.com, asserts that — although Jennifer’s body was never found — she likely suffered “non-survivable” injuries in her garage, which "likely include some combination of traumatic, blunt-force injuries such as bludgeoning/beating, and/or sharp-force injuries such as a stabbing/slashing."
In the arrest warrants, police suggested a possible financial motive, saying Fotis Dulos was $7 million in debt and alleging he would have had some access to the children’s trust funds if Jennifer Dulos died. Fotis Dulos denied that allegation.
Pattis stated during a Wednesday press conference that he hoped his client recovered so “we can vindicate him in a court of law.”
Dulos wasn’t the only person facing charges in Jennifer's disappearance: his (possibly former) girlfriend Michelle Troconis and his former civil lawyer Kent Douglas Mawhinney have both been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.