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With Fotis Dulos Dead, Attorney Files 'Unusual Motion'

His lawyer wants the murder trial to proceed
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2020 4:35 AM CST
This photo from a missing persons flier provided by the New Canaan Police Department shows Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five who went missing in May 2019.   (New Canaan Police Department via AP, File)
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(Newser) – Connecticut murder suspect Fotis Dulos died Thursday, two days after he was hospitalized following a suicide attempt—but his attorney still wants a murder trial. Norm Pattis said family members want to clear the 52-year-old's name, NBC reports. "We have filed an unusual motion in the Connecticut courts asking to substitute an estate for Fotis Dulos for him as a defendant to force the state to show its hand in a trial filled with evidence, we think, that amounts to no more than innuendo and unsupported suspicion," said Pattis. Earlier this week, Pattis said Dulos attempted suicide following the "devastating news" that his bail might be revoked, sending him to jail until his trial on charges of murdering estranged wife Jennifer Farber Dulos.

Jennifer Dulos, who was going through a bitter divorce from Dulos, has not been seen since she dropped their five children off at school on May 24. In his motion, Pattis said the children shouldn't face "a lifetime coping with the fictional reality that their father murdered their mother in cold blood." Experts say the motion is puzzling. "I've never heard anything like that," former Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano tells the Hartford Courant. "The statute for murder says a person is to be tried and not an entity." In arrest warrants, police said they believed Dulos was lying in wait for Jennifer Dulos at her home the day she disappeared. The same night, he was seen on surveillance video dumping garbage bags containing items including her bloodied, cut-up clothes and paper towels with her blood on them. Sources tell the Courant that a police search of Dulos' home Thursday did not find any clues to where her body might be. (Read more Fotis Dulos stories.)

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