Fo­tis Dulos seeks ac­cess to med­i­cal records

Lawyer says in­for­ma­tion on es­tranged wife could ‘shed light’ on disappeara­nce

The Norwalk Hour - - FRONT PAGE - By Pat Tom­lin­son

STAMFORD — Fo­tis Dulos is trying for a sec­ond time to ac­cess his es­tranged wife’s med­i­cal records, which his lawyers say may sup­port their the­ory that Jen­nifer Dulos staged her own disappeara­nce to frame her hus­band.

In a new mo­tion filed Tues­day, de­fense at­tor­ney Norm Pat­tis claimed that blood work and tests done in the months pre­ced­ing Jen­nifer Dulos’ disappeara­nce could help “shed light on what may have mo­ti­vated her to dis­ap­pear.”

Last month, Judge John Blawie de­nied an iden­ti­cal re­quest made by Pat­tis, call­ing the mo­tion “spec­u­la­tive.” How­ever, he also said he would al­low Pat­tis to re­visit the mo­tion in the fu­ture.

At the time, State’s At­tor­ney Richard Colan­gelo called the mo­tion a “fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion.”

Pat­tis claims the de­fense has ob­tained billing records in­di­cat­ing Jen­nifer Dulos had $14,000 worth of “tests, blood work, di­ag­nos­tic treat­ment and ‘lab­re­pro­duc­tive’ cod­ing for work done from Fe­bru­ary through April 2019.”

“The de­fen­dant seeks the med­i­cal records to eval­u­ate whether Ms. Dulos, alarmed by her di­ag­no­sis and fear­ing that she might not be able to raise the chil­dren on her own, took steps to cause her own disappeara­nce in such a way as to raise sus­pi­cions about Mr. Dulos,” Pat­tis wrote in Tues­day’s mo­tion.

The mo­tion noted the cou­ple was en­gaged in a highly con­tentious di­vorce case and says Jen­nifer Dulos told her es­tranged hus­band “she would do any­thing she had to do to make sure he did not get cus­tody of their chil­dren.”

Pat­tis first floated the the­ory in June that Jen­nifer Dulos may have

faked her own disappeara­nce, a la the novel “Gone Girl.” He later went so far as to sug­gest that she might have per­pe­trated a “re­venge sui­cide” plot.

The the­o­ries drew sharp re­bukes from Jen­nifer Dulos’ fam­ily and friends and “Gone Girl” author Gil­lian Flynn.

Pat­tis’ the­o­ries, along with other state­ments made

to the me­dia, spurred Colan­gelo to re­quest a gag or­der that would pre­vent at­tor­neys in­volved from dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion that could prej­u­dice the case.

In ad­di­tion to the “Gone Girl” the­o­ries, the pros­e­cu­tion claims Pat­tis has also made false state­ments about ev­i­dence that could in­flu­ence po­ten­tial ju­rors —

specif­i­cally about a lie de­tec­tor test he claimed Michelle Tro­co­nis passed. Colan­gelo said the poly­graph was never ad­min­is­tered.

Fo­tis Dulos, 52, and Tro­co­nis, 44, have each pleaded not guilty to tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence and hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion charges in con­nec­tion with the May 24 disappeara­nce.

They were each ar­rested again last week on new tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence charges in con­nec­tion with their roles in clean­ing up a

2001 red Toy­ota Ta­coma po­lice be­lieve was used in Jen­nifer Dulos’ disappeara­nce, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest war­rants.

Po­lice say Fo­tis Dulos was driv­ing the pickup, which was owned by one of his em­ploy­ees, the day his wife went miss­ing.

Jen­nifer Dulos was last seen around 8 a.m. May 24 af­ter drop­ping off her five chil­dren at New Canaan Coun­try School. Af­ter miss­ing sev­eral doc­tors ap­point­ments in New York, she was re­ported miss­ing

around 7 p.m. that night. Po­lice said they found blood spat­ter and signs that Jen­nifer Dulos was the vic­tim of a “se­ri­ous phys­i­cal as­sault” in the garage of her Welles Lane home.

Po­lice said sur­veil­lance videos show Fo­tis Dulos and Tro­co­nis mak­ing more than 30 stops in a four­mile stretch of Hart­ford’s Al­bany Av­enue the night of the disappeara­nce.

Ac­cord­ing to ar­rest war­rants, the videos also show Fo­tis Dulos dump­ing trash bags, which were later

found to con­tain his es­tranged wife’s blood.

Fo­tis Dulos, who ap­peared Mon­day night in a “Date­line NBC” hour­long seg­ment about the case, will be ar­raigned Thurs­day in state Su­pe­rior Court in Nor­walk on the new tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence charge. He is sched­uled to ap­pear for his next pre­trial hear­ing Fri­day in Stamford.

Tro­co­nis will be ar­raigned Sept. 18 in Nor­walk on the new charge and will ap­pear for a pre­trial hear­ing Sept. 20 in Stamford.

Pat­tis

Jen­nifer Dulos

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