Fotis Dulos had a good explanation for why he was caught on surveillance video dumping his estranged wife's bloody clothes in trash cans on the day she disappeared, according to the dead murder suspect's lawyer. Norm Pattis said Wednesday that Dulos—who declared his innocence in a note found after his suicide in January—panicked after finding the clothing and other items, including zip ties and cleaning products, dumped on his porch in Farmington, Conn., and disposed of them in Hartford, reports the Hartford Courant. Dulos was accused of murdering Jennifer Dulos, whose body has not been found. Judge Gary White decided to drop the murder and kidnapping case against Dulos, although Pattis said he wanted the trial to go ahead, NBC reports.
Dulos's "memory remains stained by these scandalous accusations, and we'd like a chance to raise them in an open court," said Pattis. He claimed that a witness was with Dulos when he discovered the bloody clothes on his porch, and suggested the witness may have been involved. Michelle Troconis, Dulos' girlfriend at the time, helped him dispose of the items. She still faces a murder conspiracy charge, as does attorney Kent Mawhiney. After his client's death, Pattis filed an unusual motion asking for the murder trial to proceed and noting that Joan of Arc and Old West outlaw Henry Plummer had been acquitted after their deaths. "However, neither is a Connecticut resident," and no similar trial has occurred in the state's history, the Courant notes. (Read more Fotis Dulos stories.)