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Defense Attorney for Fotis Dulos files emergency motion seeking evidence from prosecutors


(WTNH) — The Attorney for Fotis Dulos, Norm Pattis, has filed an emergency motion in Stamford Superior Court Tuesday, urging the state to overturn its evidence so he can start preparing his defense.

Jennifer Dulos has been reported missing since May 24th, and Fotis has pleaded ‘not guilty’ to Tampering with Evidence and Hindering Prosecution.

In past court appearances Norm Pattis has been arguing for lower bail, now he wants more evidence released. In the seven-page motion, Pattis has asked the state to turn over their case as soon as possible so he can begin his defense, and they’re looking at three main areas.

First: Pattis would like any video or audio recordings of any interviews with Fotis’ girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, conducted by police as well as any field notes. Troconis also pleaded ‘not guilty’ to Tampering with Evidence and Hindering Prosecution.

Second: Pattis would like to obtain physical evidence. In a bail hearing, the prosecutor said they had Fotis Dulos’ DNA on the kitchen sink at the home where the disappearance of his estranged wife happened. They want the DNA blood of the physical evidence turned over so they can look at it.

Third: Pattis wants access to electronic evidence from the cell phones and computers the state seized early on in the investigation. The state says they were able to use them to trace the steps of Fotis Dulos to the north end of Hartford where he and Troconis allegedly dumped a trash bag full of items containing Jennifer’s blood. Pattis says he believes the cell phones will prove his client was not in New Canaan at the time his estranged wife went missing.

Typically, the state has to turn over discovery after certain amount of time. Pattis is trying to speed this up because he says his client has been in the news making headlines across Connecticut and across the country.

Pattis says it’s tainting the jury pool; it’s getting smaller and harder to find a jury when the time comes.

He says he wants that evidence to get out in front of it, so does the prosecution have to turn it over? — That will be up to a judge to decide.

News 8 has reached out to the prosecutor’s office for comment, but have not heard back yet.


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