Fotis Dulos Is Dead, Left Suicide Note

Connecticut man insisted he was innocent of the murder of his estranged wife
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2020 5:02 PM CST
Updated Jan 30, 2020 7:33 PM CST
Fotis Dulos Left a Note Before Attempting Suicide
In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Fotis Dulos, charged with murdering his estranged and missing wife, is questioned during testimony in a civil case at Hartford Superior Court in Hartford, Conn.   (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via AP, Pool, File)

A man charged with murdering his wife who went missing amid a contentious divorce case died Thursday, his lawyer said. Fotis Dulos, 52, had been hospitalized since Tuesday when he was found at his home in Farmington, Connecticut, following an apparent suicide attempt. Calling it a horrific day for Dulos' family, attorney Norm Pattis said: "To those who contend that Mr. Dulos' death reflects a consciousness of guilt, we say no. We say it was more a conscience overborne with the weight of a world that was too busy to listen and wanted a story more than it wanted the truth." Dulos, a luxury home builder originally from Greece, was accused of killing Jennifer Dulos, who has not been seen since she dropped their five children off at school in May, the AP reports.

Dulos insisted he was innocent in a note police officers found near him, according to a court motion filed by his lawyers Thursday. In the note, Dulos "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,” his lawyers wrote in the filing asking a judge to order the state to preserve the note and other evidence found at the home. On the day Fotis Dulos was found stricken, he was facing an emergency bond hearing where he could have been sent back to jail. The company that originally posted the $6 million bond had learned that two properties offered as collateral were subject to foreclosure and a third was overvalued. Officers went to check on Dulos because he was late for the hearing. The couple's children are in the custody of their maternal grandmother in New York City.

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