The Associated Press
STAMFORD (AP) - The blood of a missing Connecticut mother of five was found mixed with her estranged husband’s DNA at the home she was living in after they separated, a prosecutor revealed during a court hearing Tuesday. Jennifer Dulos’ husband, Fotis Dulos, has posted $500,000 bail in a criminal case related to her disappearance.
Fotis Dulos pleaded not guilty to evidence tampering and hindering prosecution charges related to Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance last month.
His girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, who posted $500,000 bail last week, also pleaded not guilty to the same charges Tuesday.
Jennifer Dulos disappeared on May 24 after dropping her children off at school in New Canaan. She remains missing. She and Fotis Dulos have been involved in contentious divorce and child custody proceedings the past two years.
State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr. said Jennifer Dulos’ blood was found mixed with Fotis Dulos’ DNA on the kitchen sink faucet of her home in New Canaan. Fotis Dulos has never lived at that home.
The Dulos’ children, who range in age from 8 to 13, have been staying with Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, in New York City.
Police allege Fotis Dulos and Troconis disposed of clothing, and other items that contained Jennifer Dulos’ blood. Citing surveillance video and cellphone location evidence, authorities accuse them of dumping the items at multiple locations in Hartford, where police also have been searching garbage. Police have said people in the video match the description of Fotis Dulos and Troconis.
Fotis Dulos’ lawyer, Norman Pattis, said outside court Tuesday that police haven’t identified the license plate of the vehicle seen on video in Hartford where the items were discarded. Pattis also denied the charges against Fotis Dulos, saying his client has an alibi. He’s confident Fotis Dulos will be exonerated. He said he did not know why Fotis Dulos’ DNA was found mixed with Jennifer Dulos’ blood.
“He was in the house. Do you know where your DNA is?” he asked a reporter.
Pattis added, “I would ask everyone to put aside the easy narrative here that an angry ex-spouse took matters into his own hands to resolve a custody dispute. That didn’t happen. Having said that, I don’t know what happened.”