A Connecticut man arrested in connection with the disappearance of his estranged wife two weeks ago may not have even been present at her home the day she vanished, his lawyer has suggested.
Jennifer Dulos, a resident of New Canaan, Connecticut and a mother of five, was reported missing on May 24 after she failed to keep a number of appointments. Her estranged husband Fotis Dulos, with whom she has been engaged in a heated divorce and custody battle, was arrested earlier this month in relation to the case, as was his girlfriend, 44-year-old Michelle Troconis. Both face charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution, but Fotis Dulos’ lawyer, Norm Pattis, suggested Monday that authorities have no evidence that places his client at Jennifer’s home on that fateful day.
“There are powerful reasons to doubt he was even at the scene of his estranged wife’s home the day she disappeared,” Pattis said in a statement obtained by the Stamford Advocate. “I am unaware of any evidence supporting the theory he was involved in foul play.”
Having been unable to make his $500,000 bail, Fotis Dulos has been held at the Bridgeport Correctional Center since his arrest on June 1. Troconis, on the other hand, is free on bail and is reportedly speaking with police.
However, Pattis said during an interview with WPLR’s Chaz & AJ radio show that Troconis was not at Jennifer Dulos’ New Canaan home on the day of her disappearance either, according to the Stamford Advocate.
“I’m told by people with information that the girlfriend was never at the New Canaan home that day — the day the wife went missing — and that she can prove she never was there and that law enforcement may be satisfied,” Pattis reportedly said. “That is a very significant fact in this case."
Authorities have claimed that surveillance footage shows two suspects who resemble Fotis Dulos and Troconis disposing of garbage bags in the area on the day that Jennifer Dulos disappeared. Items recovered from those bags, including kitchen sponges, reportedly had Jennifer Dulos’ blood on them
Authorities also claim that blood splatter was discovered at Jennifer Dulos’ home, as well as proof that the house had recently undergone a cleaning, leading authorities to conclude that a violent crime had taken place and that Jennifer Dulos was the victim, the Hartford Courant reports.
Fotis Dulos and Troconis are scheduled to return to court on Tuesday, where they are expected to plead not guilty to the charges, the Stamford Advocate reports. Pattis has also stated that he intends to ask the court to approve a “substantial bond reduction” for his client during the hearing, according to the outlet.
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