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Missing Jennifer Dulos' Estranged Husband May Have Violated Conditions Of Release
Fotis Dulos crossed state lines into New York, but his lawyer says a navigation app simply took him on an alternate route to avoid an accident.
The estranged husband of a missing mother of five may have violated the conditions of his release after reportedly crossing a state line.
Fotis Dulos, 51 and his 44-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. The 50-year-old writer and mother disappeared on May 24 in New Canaan, an affluent area of Connecticut.
Fotis entered New York on Monday, which may be a violation of his conditions of release, according to NBC Connecticut. He is supposed to not only wear a GPS monitoring device but also remain in the state of Connecticut.
"Probation is aware of it,” his lawyer Norm Pattis told the Stamford Advocate. “It’s no big deal.”
The defense said the directions app Waze briefly brought him into New York in order to avoid an accident.
A hearing is expected to be held Wednesday morning to discuss the possible violation.
Fotis and Troconis were allegedly seen on video disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in more than 30 trash receptacles. Police also found blood spatter and evidence of cleanup attempts at Jennifer's New Canaan home, according to the arrest warrants. Both have pleaded not guilty to related charges. Pattis disputes that it was 30 bags and said it was more like two. There may have been 30 stops, he said.
The mysterious case has drawn a lot of attention after Jennifer vanished not long after dropping off her kids at New Canaan Country School. Two of her friends reported her missing after she didn't show for appointments and wasn't heard from for about 10 hours.
She filed for divorce from Fotis in 2017. The couple had been married for 13 years and have five children who range in age from 8 to 13. Jennifer moved out after finding out about the affair that her husband was having with Troconis, CNN reports.
She expressed fear of her husband in court paperwork.
“I am afraid of my husband,” she wrote in an affidavit tied to an order of custody filed in June 2017, according to the Stamford Advocate. “I know that filing for divorce and filing this motion will enrage him. I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way.”