NORWALK, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos was back in court on Thursday.
Fotis Dulos has been arrested twice, each time accused of evidence tampering. Just like he did in June, he pleaded not guilty, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.
This time around he is accused of hiding additional evidence found in a pickup truck he borrowed from an employee. Three months ago, prosecutors said he was arrested for hiding evidence stained with his wife’s missing blood.
Norm Pettis, Fotis Dulos’ lawyer, complained that the new charges are an effort to “wear down our will.”
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The latest arrest warrant spells out what investigators believe happened on May 24, the day Jennifer Dulos vanished. A surveillance camera showed her pulling up to her New Canaan rental home after dropping off her five children at school.
“(Fotis) Dulos is believed to have been lying in wait at 69 Welles Lane for his wife to return,” the warrant says.
Police said Jennifer Dulos was the victim of a “serious physical assault” based on blood stains and spatter found in the garage.
According to the warrant, “The crime and the cleanup are believed to have occurred between 8:05 a.m. and 10:25 a.m.”
That’s when surveillance images show Jennifer Dulos’ SUV leaving the home. Police believe her husband was driving it with her body inside.
The warrant also states Fotis Dulos borrowed a truck from an employee to travel to and from New Canaan. That employee told police Fotis Dulos insisted he swap out the truck’s seats. Pattis said that truck was basically a junker.
“A 19-year-old car with 180,000 miles on it. People are gonna use it for a well-orchestrated job like this? I mean, really? That’s what the state police believe?” Pattis said.
The warrant says a “blood-like substance” was found in the truck, and when police asked Fotis Dulos’ girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, why they had the truck cleaned she allegedly answered, “You showed me the picture of the blood in the door. It’s because the body of Jennifer at some point was in there.”
“We’re well beyond tired with listening to what the state police believe,” Pettis said. “You don’t see Fotis in the car. They believe he lay in wait. There’s no proof that he did. They believe he was in the van that left the house. There’s no proof that he did. It’s easy to clutter up a warrant with allegations.”
Fotis Dulos is facing serious felony charges and now possible eviction, as Jennifer’s mother, Gloria Farber, owns the mansion he’s been living him and wants him out.
Farber guaranteed a loan for Fotis Dulos’ home building company to construct the mansion where he now lives. However, unable to sell it, he stopped making payments last year, and Farber bought the mortgage, Aiello reported
“Gloria Farber was paying for Fotis Dulos to live in that palatial house with his girlfriend and he seemed to have the same lifestyle that he had with travel, entertainment, etc., but quote ‘couldn’t afford the mortgage payments,'” Farber’s attorney, Richard Weinstein, said.
Between civil actions — a custody battle — and criminal charges, Fotis Dulos will be spending many more days in various courts.
Connecticut State Police said there is more evidence that has not yet been released in the case.