Fotis Dulos, charged in murder of missing wife Jennifer, attempted suicide

Fotis Dulos, who is charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos, attempted suicide Tuesday.
/ Source: NBC News

Fotis Dulos, a Connecticut man charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos, attempted suicide Tuesday morning at his home in Farmington, his lawyer Rich Rochlin said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Dulos was in critical condition at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Lt. Timothy McKenzie, a spokesman for the Farmington police, said at a news conference.

McKenzie said officers had responded to Dulos' home at approximately 11:54 a.m. to conduct a well-being check because he was late for a court appearance.

When officers arrived at the house, they could see Dulos sitting in his vehicle in the garage "in obvious signs of medical distress," McKenzie said. The officers forced entry and began life-saving measures, McKenzie said. Dulos was taken by ambulance to UConn Health. He is being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Dulos, 52, had been scheduled to appear at a bond adjustment hearing Tuesday.

Ryan Flanagan, deputy chief clerk for the Superior Court in Stamford, said Dulos did not show up for the hearing.

The hearing was called to address the security for a $6 million bond Dulos had posted, according to NBC Connecticut. There are apparently questions about his bond package and issues with the insurance company backing the bond, the Connecticut station reported.

Dulos was arrested earlier this month and charged with capital murder, murder and kidnapping, according to Connecticut State Police, and was later released on the $6 million bond.

His girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 45, was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Dulos and Jennifer Dulos, who was 50 when she went missing May 24 after dropping her children off at school, had been involved in a drawn-out divorce and custody battle. Her body has never been found.

Investigators said that on the morning Jennifer Dulos vanished, Fotis, a real estate developer, was seen in surveillance footage traveling between Farmington and New Canaan, where Jennifer lived, in a red Toyota pickup truck belonging to one of his employees.

Another camera showed the pickup parked 100 feet away from where Jennifer Dulos' 2017 Chevrolet was found later that day, abandoned and with apparent bloodstains.

Police said they had evidence that proved Dulos was "lying in wait" at Jennifer Dulos' home the day she disappeared. He told "Dateline" in September that he did not have anything to do with his wife's disappearance and he believed she was still alive.

Troconis was also charged this month with conspiracy to commit murder. And a Connecticut lawyer, Kent Mawhinney, a close friend of Dulos, was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Mawhinney's name appeared on alibi scripts written by Dulos and Troconis, according to an arrest warrant for Troconis.

Days after their investigation began, police arrested Dulos and Troconis on charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.