Fotis Dulos, who is out on bail as his estranged wife remains missing, took a morning jog in Connecticut just 24 hours after being released on bail.
The husband was wearing his court-ordered ankle bracelet after he posted a $500,000 bond, putting up his retirement fund as collateral. He was also accompanied by a lawyer and driver everywhere else he went, even to the grocery store.
Dulos, 51, pleaded not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution at Tuesday’s court hearing.
His attorney, Norm Pattis, maintained he believes Dulos will be “fully exonerated" and said he had "no motive" to kill his wife, Jennifer Dulos, who is believed to be dead though a body has not yet been found.
Jennifer, 50, and the mother of the couple’s five children, disappeared on May 24 in New Canaan and was reported missing after she didn’t show up for several appointments that day. She was last seen driving a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, which was later found parked in town. Jennifer and her husband were in the midst of a bitter divorce and custody battle at the time she went missing.
At Tuesday’s court hearing, prosecutor Richard Colangelo revealed new evidence, claiming Fotis’ DNA was found mixed with Jennifer’s in her New Canaan home.
“The lab was able to confirm that the defendant’s DNA was found in a mixture on the faucet inside of Jennifer’s kitchen in the house where she went missing,” Colangelo said.
But, Pattis told reporters he believes it’s unlikely a murder charge will come, due to lack of evidence.
“I would ask everyone to put aside the easy narrative here, that an angry ex-spouse took matters into his own hands to resolve a custody dispute. That didn’t happen. Having said that, I don’t know what happened,” Pattis said.
Fotis' girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, who faces the same charges he does, has also pleaded not guilty.
Jennifer’s mother, Gloria Farber, is taking care of the five children and said they miss their mom.
“Jennifer’s children are living in limbo – missing her embrace, her lilting laugh, her bedtime backrubs,” she said. “More than anything in the world, they long to know where there mother is.”