Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis

New Canaan Police

Estranged Husband, Girlfriend Plead Not Guilty; New Evidence In Mom's Disappearance

June 11, 2019 - 12:36 pm

STAMFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother, and his girlfriend, entered not guilty pleas Tuesday as a state prosecutor unveiled new evidence in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, defense attorney Norm Pattis told a judge that Fortis Dulos had no part in the disappearance of his estranged wife. He noted his client was far away and had an alibi.

Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, are charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in connection with the mother of five’s May 24 disappearance. She remains missing.

While Pattis maintains Dulos had nothing to do with the vanishing, State's Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr. revealed that Jennifer’s blood was found mixed with his DNA at her New Canaan home – where he never lived.

He remained at the couple’s former home in Farmington, Connecticut. Pattis says his client’s DNA at her New Canaan home does not prove anything.

“You're presumed innocent and if your DNA turned up somewhere, would it be fair to make you give an explanation for wherever it was – if it was an old boyfriend’s house for your parents’ home – would that make you guilty,” Pattis asked a reporter.

Dulos and Troconis are accused of disposing of items containing Jennifer’s blood.

Dulos posted $500,000 bail Tuesday afternoon.

His mother-in-law is seeking custody of the children.