Jennifer Dulos

Prosecutor: Husband in Missing Connecticut Mom Case Took Items From Her Memorial

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What to Know

  • Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five from suburban Connecticut, vanished in late May after dropping her children off at school
  • Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, was recently arrested on murder and other charges; his ex-girlfriend is charged with conspiracy
  • The couple's five children have been living under armed protection at their maternal grandmother's Upper East Side home; she has filed for sole permanent custody of all of them

The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five who is presumed dead violated the terms of his release on $6 million bond because he was seen removing items from a memorial for his wife set up near his home, according to a state prosecutor.

Stamford State's Attorney Richard Colangelo filed a court document Wednesday asking a judge to modify the $6 million bond for Fotis Dulos. Colangelo said Dulos was seen stopping at the end of his private street, leaving his vehicle and removing items from the memorial arranged in honor of Jennifer Dulos on Jan. 17, the Hartford Courant reported.

Dulos, 52, was arrested on murder and kidnapping charges Jan. 7 in connection with what authorities say was the killing of Jennifer Dulos, who hasn't been seen since she dropped her children off at school on May 24. Authorities cited circumstantial evidence, including DNA testing and surveillance camera footage, in arrest warrants. He denies any involvement in her disappearance or death.

Dulos posted the $6 million bail on Jan. 9 and has been on house arrest since.

The two suspects in the murder case of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos were released after posting bond, and ex-girlfriend was then brought to the hospital with an unspecified health condition. NBC New York’s Marc Santia reports.

The terms of the release allow him to meet with his lawyers or go to a doctor and seek modifications allowing him to work. He has been seen at a local Stop & Shop not far from his home on two occasions that he apparently had permission to visit, the newspaper reported.

On various occasions there have been photos of Jennifer Dulos, along flowers and candles, left at the makeshift memorial. On Wednesday evening, it appeared the memorial was completely gone.

Dulos' attorney, Norm Pattis, said the motion is frivolous.

"He got out of his car on the way home? Seriously?" Pattis said Wednesday. "We need to get this trial on as quickly as possible to put an end to this nonsense."

Fotis Dulos' former girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. She is also under the same house arrest and GPS monitoring conditions.

Dulos was scheduled to appear in Stamford court Thursday, where he was expected to waive his right to a probable cause hearing and ask for a speedy trial that could start as early as next fall.

Fotis Dulos, the husband of a suburban Connecticut mother of five who vanished after dropping her children off at school in late May, has been charged with capital murder, murder and kidnapping in his estranged wife's disappearance, State Police said Tuesday. His ex-girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, Connecticut State Police said. Both were taken into custody safely and without incident. They had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, whose remains have not been found. Fotis Dulos' lawyer Norm Pattis told reporters outside his client's Farmington home Tuesday that he had just learned of the arrest warrant and said two other arrests were happening simultaneously — one on a charge of murder, another on a charge of conspiracy.
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