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Husband of missing Connecticut mother charged with murder

Husband of missing mom charged with murder
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The estranged husband of a long-missing Connecticut mother of five has been charged with murder in her disappearance. State police took Fotis Dulos into custody from his Farmington home Tuesday. His girlfriend Michelle Troconis was arrested on a conspiracy charge.

Jennifer Dulos, of New Canaan, disappeared May 24, 2019, amid contentious child custody proceedings with her husband. She hasn't been seen since.

Fotis Dulos' attorney Norm Pattis said he has learned that two other people have also been charged, one with murder and another with conspiracy to commit murder. He said he wasn't surprised by the arrests, but doesn't believe prosecutors can make the charges stick.

"What these charges tell us is the state has evidence and doesn't know what to make of it," Pattis said. "And what it intends to do is throw as much against the wall and let the jury decide what happened."

Both Fotis Dulos and Troconis are expected to appear Wednesday in Superior Court in Stamford.  

Booking photos for Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis. Connecticut State Police

Pattis also said the court put a $6 million bond on Dulos, with the condition that he not be able to post it until after he is arraigned, CBS New York reports.

Fotis Dulos, 52, and Michelle Troconis, 44, were previously charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in connection with Jennifer Dulos' disappearance. They pleaded not guilty and posted bond.

Jennifer Dulos
Jennifer Dulos seen in an undated photo. New Canaan Police

An arrest warrant after those charges revealed the array of evidence police have compiled in the case.

Police say they have surveillance video showing Fotis Dulos in Hartford disposing of bags of items containing Jennifer Dulos' blood; traffic and school bus camera video of him driving a pickup truck to New Canaan on the morning she disappeared; surveillance video of him getting the truck washed and detailed days after she vanished; and evidence that Jennifer Dulos' DNA was found on the truck seat.

After Dulos was charged on Tuesday, the New Canaan Police Department sent a tweet declaring: "Justice!"

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