Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos, was told off by a judge for not charging his ankle monitor as he appeared in court again on Monday on charges of evidence tampering.
Jennifer has been missing since May 24 when she was last seen dropping off the pair’s five children at school.
Police have not found her body but they believe she suffered a serious assault in her home in the hours afterwards. Traces of her blood and other DNA were found in the car Fotis was using that day.
He and his socialite former mistress turned girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have both been charged with tampering with evidence.
Fotis, a Greek national, denies having anything to do with his estranged wife’s disappearance and has stated in interviews that he believes she is still alive.
Fotis Dulos is pictured in court in Stamford, Connecticut, on Monday where he was told off for not charging his ankle monitor sufficiently
Fotis’ lawyer, Norm Pattis, complained after the hearing about a gag order the judge recently implemented to stop him from talking about the case to the press
Troconis has not spoken to the media and changed her story in August to admit to police that she’d made up an alibi for her wealthy boyfriend, according to charging documents.
Jennifer Dulos has not been seen since May 24
On Monday, Fotis was back in court to be warned about the ankle monitor.
His probation officer complained to the court that he frequently lets it drop beneath 25 percent which is a warning sign.
Fotis, who had asked for it to be moved from his ankle to his arm and was told no, argued by saying the monitor is unnecessary.
His lawyer, Norm Pattis, told the court that because he has not been charged with a violent crime, he should not have to wear it.
He was turned down. The judge also denied his request to attend a deposition that his girlfriend must take part in as part of a separate case.
As the criminal investigation into Jennifer’s disappearance continues, Fotis is also fighting a civil complaint from her family.
Dulos complained that his ankle monitor was irritating his skin and he asked if he could move it to his hand. The judge said no
Dulos and his lawyer Norm Pattis arrive at the Superior Court in Stamford on Monday
Pattis enraged the judge by suggesting publicly that Jennifer killed herself and staged her disappearance in a ‘Gone Girl’ inspired plot
The pair have both taken part in media interviews where they protested his innocence and said Jennifer may still be alive
They say they owe him $2.5million in unpaid loans that they gave his business before he and Jennifer parted ways. He denies it, saying the cash was a gift.
Troconis is being deposed as part of that case despite the fact that Troconis’ lawyer submitted a request to the court that they be kept apart.
The judge said on Monday that he would not be allowed to attend the deposition but that he would be able to watch it via closed circuit television.
His attorney has filed a motion for the charges to be dismissed. The judge agreed to hear arguments on October 4.
Fotis’ girlfriend and co-accused, Michelle Troconis, is due to be deposed by Jennifer’s family’s lawyers as part of a lawsuit against him. He wants to attend the deposition but has not been allowed. The family say he owes them $2.5million
The judge has also instituted a gag order preventing both sides from speaking about the case publicly.
It comes after a string of bold public statements from Fotis’ attorney including that Jennifer might have staged her own disappearance and killed herself as part of a ‘Gone Girl’ inspired plot.
Jennifer’s family, who are still looking for her, were sickened by the suggestion as were her friends.
Police have also been chastised for sharing reports including one, in the most recent round of charges, which detailed their theories and suspicions.
In that report, they cited an employee of Fotis’ who said he’d acted strangely the day Jennifer vanished and used his vehicle.
The employee claimed Fotis then urged him to change the seats in it. He removed them but held on to parts he says Fotis wanted destroyed.
When authorities tested them, they say they found traces of Jennifer’s blood.
Police also believe they have footage of Fotis and Michelle depositing trash bags the night Jennifer vanished which were later found to contain Jennifer’s blood-soaked clothing.
Before the gag order, Fotis’ attorney said the police had no real evidence.
The pair were in a bitter legal battle for custody of their children when Jennifer vanidhed.
She had written in court papers that she was afraid of her husband.
Fotis and Michelle had been having an affair before he and Jennifer decided to part ways.