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Jennifer Dulos case: Fotis Dulos to be arraigned on new charge

Connecticut Post logo Connecticut Post 6 days ago By Pat Tomlinson
a man wearing a suit and tie: Fotis Dulos, charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with his wife's disappearance, appears in Stamford Superior Court on Aug. 9. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Fotis Dulos, charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with his wife's disappearance, appears in Stamford Superior Court on Aug. 9.

NORWALK — Fotis Dulos will return to court Thursday to be arraigned on a new tampering with evidence charge in connection with his estranged wife’s disappearance.

Fotis Dulos, 52, was arrested at his Farmington home last week and released a few hours later after posting his second $500,000 bond in the case. He is scheduled to appear sometime after 10 a.m. Thursday at state Superior Court in Norwalk.

The latest charges against Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis, 44, are related to their efforts to clean up a 2001 red Toyota Tacoma that police believe was used in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance on May 24, according to their arrest warrants.

The truck belonged to a former Fore Group employee who told investigators Fotis Dulos ordered him to swap out the seats in the vehicle, according to the warrant. However, the employee kept the seats without Fotis Dulos knowing and turned them over to investigators who found Jennifer Dulos’ blood on one of them, the warrant said.

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Police believe Jennifer Dulos was the victim of a “serious physical assault” based on evidence found in the garage of her New Canaan home, the warrants state.

Fotis Dulos and Troconis have each pleaded not guilty to the original tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution charges.

Police said those charges stem from Hartford video surveillance the night of the disappearance that show two people resembling Fotis Dulos and Troconis making a series of stops in a four-mile stretch of busy Albany Avenue.

The videos also show the man resembling Fotis Dulos dumping bags that were later determined to contain Jennifer Dulos’ blood, according to arrest warrants.

After his arraignment, Fotis Dulos will be back in court Friday in Stamford for his next pre-trial hearing.

Judge John Blawie is expected to rule on State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo’s gag order request and defense attorney Norm Pattis’ motion to dismiss the original charges.

Pattis filed a new motion this week, asking Blawie for a second time to release Jennifer Dulos’ medical records that he claims could “shed light” on the 50-year-old mother’s disappearance.

Last month, Blawie denied a similar request Pattis made for the medical records, but said he could revisit the issue in the future.

Troconis will be arraigned on the new charge Wednesday in Norwalk and will have her next pre-trial hearing Sept. 20 in Stamford.

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