The controversial lawyer representing the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos says there's an “explanation” for those bags of bloody clothing his client and client’s girlfriend were allegedly caught dumping.
Just don't ask him what it is yet.
“There is an explanation, but we’re not going to give it,” Norm Pattis, the attorney for Fotis Dulos, told the Stamford Advocate Wednesday. “I think when we do it, it will appear a lot less troubling.”
He said he wants to wait until he can present it to a jury.
Fotis Dulos, 51 and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis, 44, were allegedly seen on video driving around and making multiple stops to dump garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in trash receptacles. Police also said they found blood spatter and evidence of cleanup attempts at Jennifer's New Canaan home, according to the arrest warrants. They have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. Both pleaded not guilty and have since made bond.
Last month Pattis disputed reports that his client got rid of 30 bags and said it was more like two. There may have been 30 stops, he said.
Pattis has referred to the alleged dumping as “a very awkward set of facts,” according to the Stamford Advocate.
Police last week refused to release that video footage which allegedly captured the dumping, according to the News-Times in Danbury, Connecticut. Pattis said that he hasn't seen the footage.
"Fotis was arrested six weeks ago. What’s the hold up?” he told that publication.
Pattis — the same lawyer defending controversial radio show host Alex Jones in his Sandy Hook defamation case — has suggested to the New York Post that Jennifer may have staged her disappearance, claiming she once wrote a book manuscript with a similar plot to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl.” This spurred a brief public feud between him and Flynn.
Fotis Dulos proclaimed his innocence in a recent sit-down interview.
“I know what I’ve done. I know what I haven’t done,” he told NBC New York Tuesday. “I have to stand and fight and hope that the truth is going to come out.”
Jennifer disappeared on May 24 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 had filed for divorce from her husband 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.
In court filings for the divorce, she expressed fear of her Dulos.
“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.”
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