Fotis Dulos is dead at 52, following apparent suicide attempt on Tuesday: lawyer

David Caplan
January 30, 2020 - 6:00 pm
Jennifer, Fotis Dulos

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Fotis Dulos is dead, his lawyer told reporters Thursday outside Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where he was transported after an apparent suicide attempt Tuesday at his Connecticut home. He was 52.

Norm Pattis said Dulos died at 5:32 p.m. He said his family will have his organs donated. 

"To those who contend that Mr. Dulos' death reflects a consciousness of guilt, we say no," Pattis said.

Police in Connecticut searched Fotis Dulos' home Wednesday -- after obtaining a search warrant following his apparent suicide attempt on Tuesday --  and found a note claiming he was innocence, but no other evidence to boost their case that he murdered his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos was found, such as where her body may be, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday. 

"As a part of their continued investigation, the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crimes detectives have obtained and are executing a search warrant at the home of Fotis Dulos," the Farmington Police Department tweeted Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, a judge in Connecticut ordered the re-arrest of Dulos for failing to appear in court Tuesday -- that is, if his medical condition improves following an apparent suicide attempt Tuesday -- and upped his bail by $500,000 to $6.5 million.

But Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos who was charged with her murder, remains in critical condition in ICU at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx after police found him unresponsive sitting in a vehicle in his garage suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. He was transferred to Jacobi by helicopter Tuesday from UConn Health in Farmington. 

“Candidly, his medical condition is dire,” his attorney Norm Pattis told reporters after the hearing. “Family members of his will arrive in New York tonight and we will await word from physicians about what is reasonable to expect.”

He added, "The situation is grim. Mr. Dulos is hospitalized and we are hoping that he will recover. Family members will arrive in New York from Greece tonight. And we will await word from physicians about what is reasonable to expect."

Lt. Tim McKenzie of the Farmington Police Department said police went to Dulos' home around noon Tuesday after he failed to appear an emergency bail hearing after an insurance company raised questions about his $6 million bond.

McKenzie said officers saw Dulos sitting in a vehicle in the garage "in medical distress." He said "typical life-saving measures" were conducted, including CPR.

He said it was "too early" to confirm it was an attempted suicide or if a suicide note was left. 

There were conflicting reports as to whether he survived. The New York Times, The Hartford Courant, The Associated Press and 1010 WINS were among those reporting he had died

But soon after, reported emerged that he had a faint pulse and was rushed to the hospital. 

Medical supplies are seen outside an area outside of the garage to Fotus Dulos' home, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Farmington, Conn. A dispatcher from the Farmington police said officers had responded to Dulos' home and he was later transported to the hospital (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Connecticut State Police officers lead Fotis Dulos, center, from the State Police barracks to a waiting car Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Bridgeport, Conn., after he was arrested at his home in Farmington. He faces charges he murdered his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos, who went missing in May 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Ehrmann)

New Canaan Police Department

Fotis Dulos denied that he killed Jennifer Dulos. His lawyer, Norman Pattis, said the defense team will continue to seek a trial to clear his name.

“We intend to proceed on as if he were alive to vindicate him,” Pattis said.

After she disappeared May 24, Fotis Dulos gave interviews to national media outlets denying involvement and saying he hoped she was still alive. His lawyer, Norman Pattis, also offered up a theory that Jennifer Dulos may have faked her own death to frame her husband during contentious divorce and child custody proceedings -- outraging her family.

Earlier this month, Connecticut state police charged Fotis Dulos with murder, felony murder and kidnapping in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ death, despite her body never being found. Authorities also lodged murder conspiracy charges against his former girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and his friend, attorney Kent Mawhinney. 

Disclosed in arrest warrants was a determination by Chief Medical Examiner James Gill that Jennifer Dulos likely was killed by “some combination of traumatic, blunt-force injuries such as a bludgeoning/beating, and/or sharp-force injuries such as a stabbing/slashing.” Gill concluded there was so much blood loss -- evidenced by bloodstains at her home, apparent cleanup efforts and blood spatter analysis -- that there was no way Jennifer Dulos would have survived without medical treatment.

It had been public knowledge for months, from information in another arrest warrant, that Fotis Dulos was recorded on surveillance video in Hartford, with Troconis riding with him in a pickup truck, disposing of items that later tested positive for Jennifer Dulos’ blood.

Fotis Dulos
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According to arrest warrants, Mawhinney had a prearranged meeting with Fotis Dulos on the morning of his wife's disappearance, was at Fotis Dulos's office and had his cellphone with him. He also was mentioned in what police described as "alibi notes" found in the trash at Fotis Dulos' business, according to the warrants.

Mawhinney once represented Fotis Dulos in lawsuits filed by Jennifer Dulos' mother, who claims Fotis Dulos never repaid her late husband for about $3 million in loans he gave Fotis Dulos to develop expensive homes.

Mawhinney is charged in another case with sexually assaulting his estranged wife in South Windsor last year and violating a protective order. He has pleaded not guilty. In court documents in those cases, Jennifer Dulos told authorities she believed Mawhinney was plotting to have her killed and Fotis Dulos made contact with her as part of the plot.

Previously, Fotis Dulos and Troconis, 44, were charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in connection with Jennifer Dulos' disappearance. They pleaded not guilty and posted bond.

Fotis Dulos, Michelle Troconis
New Canaan Police Department

Arrest warrants for those charges revealed the array of evidence police have compiled in the case, including the items found in Hartford that contained Jennifer Dulos’ blood.

Authorities also have traffic and school bus camera footage of a man they believe was Fotis Dulos driving a pickup truck to New Canaan on the morning Jennifer Dulos disappeared; surveillance video of Fotis Dulos getting the truck washed and detailed days after she vanished; and evidence that Jennifer Dulos' DNA was found on the truck's passenger seat, according to the warrant.

State's Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr. said in court last year that Jennifer Dulos' blood also was found mixed with Fotis Dulos' DNA on the kitchen sink faucet of her home in New Canaan.

Fotis and Jennifer Dulos had been in the middle of a contentious two-year divorce at the time of her disappearance. A probate judge in November granted custody of their children to their maternal grandmother, Gloria Farber.

Fotis Dulos filed a motion last month seeking to dismiss the divorce case because there has been no activity for nearly six months. A hearing in that case had been scheduled for Thursday.

Shortly after Fotis Dulos' arrest, New Canaan Police issued a one word Tweet — “Justice!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.