Accused wife killer dies in hospital two days after gassing himself with carbon monoxide in his garage in Framington, Ct., ahead of his trial in the death of his estranged wife
Real estate developer Fotis Dulos, 52, was accused of killing his wife and mother-of-five, Jennifer Dulos who vanished on may 24, 2019 – she remains missing and presumed dead
Fotis Dulos was confirmed dead at died just at 5.32p.m. a Thursday at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York – two days after a suicide attempt inside his home, his lawyer has said
On Tuesday, Dulos tried to take his life inside his garage with a hosepipe taped to his exhaust in an attempted suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning
Dulos left a note protesting his innocence over Jennifer’s murder before his suicide attempt
Dulos’ family are now ‘adamant that his name be cleared’ of murdering his wife Jennifer, so his children will grow up knowing he is innocent
Defense attorney Pattis filed a motion requesting the state continues to pursue the murder case against Dulos posthumously – ‘so that his lawyers can clear his name’
His ex-girl friend, Michelle Troconis, who was living with him at the time of the alleged killing ,is facing charges for aiding and helping to dispose of evidence
Suicide: Connecticut based real estate developer Fotis Dulos [left] has died two days after a suicide attempt. He was awaiting trial after being accused of killing his estranged wife Jennifer [right]. The mother-of-five vanished in May and is presumed dead
Accused wife killer and Connecticut based luxury home builder Fotis Dulos has died two days after a suicide attempt outside his home, as his family are ‘adamant that his name be cleared’ of murdering his wife Jennifer last year.
Dulos reportedly died at 5.32p.m. Thursday at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, surrounded by family, friends and his legal team.
The 52-year-old suspect had clung to life for more than 48 hours, after trying to take his own life at his home in Farmington, Connecticut, on Tuesday.
Shortly before midday Tuesday, police officers performing a wellness check when he did not show for a scheduled court appearance, discovered Dulos inside his garage with a hose taped to his exhaust in an attempted suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.
They pulled him out for fresh air and rushed him to a New York hospital.
Despite on-the-spot CPR, at one point he was legally dead before being revived.
Reacting to the suicide, his attorney Norm Pattis slammed the public pillorying of his client, saying he was ‘executed’ by public opinion.
The 52-year-old builder was on bail accused of murdering his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos when he died.
In the statement he gave announcing Dulos’ death, Pattis said: ‘Mr. Dulos was tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. Now he has been executed. We remain committed to demonstrating he did not murder Jennifer.’
Dulos’ family are now demanding that he is cleared posthumously of Jennifer’s murder.
‘The family is adamant that his name be cleared,’ Pattis said in a statement, after announcing Dulos’ death.
Defense attorney Pattis filed an ‘unusual motion’ on Thursday requesting the state continues to pursue the murder case against Dulos posthumously – so that his lawyers can clear his name.
In the move, which the Hartford Courant said is ‘unprecedented’, Dulos’ estate would become the defendant because Dulos is now deceased.
‘It’ll be a difficult challenge,’ Pattis said. ‘We intend to proceed on as if he were alive to vindicate him.’
‘Mr. Dulos’ children should not be subjected to a lifetime coping with the fictional reality that their father murdered their mother in cold blood on the basis of baseless and rampant speculation,’ the motion says.
Dulos’ family are also trying to harvest his organs, Pattis said.
The family of Jennifer Dulos released a statement asking for privacy as news broke of his death.
‘This is a horrific tragedy all around,’ family spokeswoman Carrie Luft said.
‘Please respect the privacy of the families and loved ones involved.’
It emerged earlier Thursday that Fotis Dulos left a suicide note protesting his innocence over Jennifer’s murder. Police searching the Dulos home found the note but with no other clue that could reveal the location of Jennifer’s missing body.
His attorney also confirmed in a court filing Thursday that the note was found in the vehicle with Dulos. In the note ‘he declared his innocence of the infamous and heinous crimes that the State has accused him of and claimed his lawyers have the evidence to prove it,’ the motion states.
Before her disappearance, Jennifer Dulos [left] feared her husband Fotis Dulos [right], could hurt her and claimed he threatened to kidnap their children according to court documents
Shown outside Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx Thursday, Rena Dulos who had traveled from Greece to support her brother throughout his arrest and trial, believes that he is innocent and would never have harmed Jennifer
Police said Jennifer was attacked in the garage of her home [photo], in New Canaan, Connecticut, after dropping her children off at school for the day. The killer then transported her body out of the home in her own car which was later found abandoned in a park
‘It was a lynching by the public’: Dulos’ attorneys Norm Pattis seen [right] in court Wednesday with his partner Kevin Smith [left], at the bond hearing, railed at the reaction of the public to his client’s case which he claims drove Dulos to suicide.
Moving on already Fotis Dulos according to reports had a new girlfriend who had fronted thousands of dollars in cash in order for him to make bond and who was with him the morning he attempted suicide.
Documents show that Anna K. Curry, 42, put up $147,000 in cash and said she would pay an additional $272,000 to secure the $6million bond that Dulos posted after he was charged with Jennifer’s murder.
Curry was seen at Dulos’ home on Tuesday in the hours before he was due to attend a hearing at Stamford Superior Court where he feared his bond would be revoked and he would be jailed.
She left Dulos’ home around 10.30am to run errands and returned to find police officers fighting to revive him on the driveway, according to sources.
Dulos is shown on May 29 withdrawing $500 cash before visiting a car wash to clean his employee’s car on the day Jennifer vanished
Fotis is seen in footage from Russell Speeders Car Wash in an alleged attempt to clean the car
Jennifer, seen with the couple’s five children [photo], and her husband had been locked in a vicious custody battle for the last two years. In 2017 divorce documents, Jennifer stated that she was ‘afraid’ of Fotis and he would ‘harm’ her