Missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos’ estranged husband wants seized property back amid stall in case
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Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, filed a motion in aConnecticutcourt on Tuesday to have evidence seized in the case of his wife’s disappearance returned to him.
The 51-year-old’s defense team is requesting the return of several vehicles, which include a Ford Raptor and Chevrolet Suburban, a laptop, two iPhones, a server, hard drives and personal papers, according to court documents obtained byFOX61 Hartford.
Fotis Dulos needs the items back for “practical reasons” in order to mount his defense, the documents say.
In a second motion, the defense team is seeking to preserve evidence, including surveillance video, audio recordings, written notes and other documents which could contain exculpatory evidence, according to the documents.
Fotis Dulos and his live-in girlfriend Michelle Troconisboth pleaded not guiltyto charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution last week.
State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo alleged at a hearing last weekthat Fotis Dulos’ DNA was found mixed with his wife’s blood on a kitchen faucet in the New Canaan home she lived in after they separated. In arrest warrants, police wrote that blood spatter and evidence of cleanup attempts were also found at the missing mother’s home.
Fotis Dulos has filed a motion to get back seized evidence to help him mount his defense, according to court documents.(Erik Trautmann/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)
Jennifer Dulos disappeared 26 days ago. Authorities confirmed last week that Connecticut State Police divers were searching the pond in the wealthy suburb of Avon while other investigators continued to search a Hartford trash facility “for evidence related to the disappearance of Jennifer.”
Fotis Dulos was released last week afterposting $500,000 bond. He had his passports confiscated and was fitted with a location-monitoring device before his release. Troconis was released a week prior after posting $500,000 bail.
Fotis Dulos’ next court hearing is set for Aug. 2.
Talia Kaplan and Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.