NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The case of murder suspect Fotis Dulos, his suicide, and his still-missing estranged wife, Jennifer, has attracted global media attention. The case has also landed Dulos’ defense attorney, Norm Pattis, in the spotlight. But recently, Pattis and his law partner received some unwanted attention.
Adam Davenport, 31, of New Haven, was charged with harassing Fotis Dulos’s attorneys by calling Pattis’ office dozens of times over a period of months, during which his messages allegedly got increasingly threatening.
Court records show Davenport confessed to police he began making the phone calls to Pattis and his partner Kevin Smith starting in September of 2019.
Davenport, whose listed address is less than one mile from the lawyers’ office, allegedly made threats including “Smith is not safe” and “it’s gonna be real easy man, real easy” and later, “you better watch your back in the parking lot.”
When police caught up with him, Davenport said he had “mental issues,” had recently lost his job, and had become infuriated after hearing Pattis present the now-infamous “Gone Girl” theory regarding Jennifer’s disappearance. The theory is based on a fictional character who fakes her murder and frames her husband.
At the time, Pattis was representing Dulos, the Farmington man accused of killing his wife Jennifer, during a contentious divorce last May. Dulos died after a suicide attempt last month — the very morning he was meant to appear in court where a judge was reportedly going to revoke his bail.
The case generated international headlines, with journalists and online sleuths trumpeting every twist and turn. Each development attracted attention, both wanted and unwanted.
In a statement to News 8 on Thursday, Pattis said he was stunned by the “level of public interest, even the mass hysteria, regarding this case.”
“We’ve been the target of enormous commentary, some positive, some hostile,” Pattis said. “Almost none of those who have contacted us know anything about the case or the parties.”
Pattis said he wasn’t sure if the threats were real but he took precautions anyway.
“Yes, we did and I’ll leave the precautions to your imagination,” Pattis said. “My view is, you wanna come get me I’m not going to go easy.”
While if the threats had any credibility remains in the balance, Pattis said he refuses to give them much more thought.
“I’ve often said in cases of this sort [like Dulos], I’m not going to pay the rent for the space I occupy in someone else’s head, so if somebody’s got a problem with what I do, that’s their problem, not mine.”
Davenport appeared in court earlier this week. He’ll be before a judge again next Friday.