The defense team representing the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos withdrew their request for a court to halt the couple's divorce case.
The filling came Monday, and without explanation, according to the Stamford Advocate.
Previously, the lawyers representing Fotis Dulos — Rich Rochlin and Norm Pattis — had requested that a judge put a stop to the divorce case, claiming that the proceedings were depriving their client of his due process rights.
Rochlin and Pattis filed that motion last month. They had argued that Jennifer Dulos' attorney should not be allowed to file motions while her client is missing.
“Proceeding in any manner without the plaintiff deprives the defendant of his due process rights of cross-examination and his ability to conduct discovery from the plaintiff,” the lawyers wrote in that motion, the Stamford Advocate reports.
The new switch could indicate a different defense strategy, the Stamford Advocate now reports.
Fotis and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in Jennifer's disappearance. Video footage showed a man and woman matching the couple’s description dumping trash bags in multiple bins across Hartford. Authorities say some of the items recovered from the bags tested positive for Jennifer's blood, Both have pleaded not guilty and both are now out on bond.
Jennifer was embroiled in two-year custody battle with Fotis before she vanished on May 24, shortly after dropping the kids off at school. She had sole custody, because Fotis had previously exposed the kids to his new girlfriend, in violation of their custody agreement. However, Fotis had been allowed to resume some supervised visits with the children. The couple’s bitter custody battle was full of allegations — including that Jennifer feared Fotis.
Fotis’ lawyer repeatedly claimed that Jennifer staged her own disappearance and framed his client. It’s a claim that Jennifer’s family has staunchly denied.
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