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Judge warns estranged husband in missing mother case to keep his tracking device charged

Dave Altimari, The Hartford Courant on

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Superior Court judge Monday warned Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, that he could end up back in jail facing higher bail if Dulos continues to have issues charging his court-ordered GPS monitoring system device.

"There are two doors to this courtroom, the one in front that you walked in today, and the one behind me that only you and your attorney would go through," Blawie warned.

Blawie called the hearing after getting a report from the probation department that the battery for Dulos' GPS device had gone below accepted levels on four occasions in August and September.

Monday's hearing turned into a mini-argument about the recent gag order Blawie had placed on all parties with Pattis saying it was unfair to his client. Pattis told the judge he planned to appeal that ruling to the state Supreme Court.

The hearing, which was supposed to be a short one on the two-page report, turned into a sparring match between Pattis, Blawie and in some instances State's Attorney Richard Colangelo over everything from the recently imposed gag order to Pattis frustrations that the state has turned over little of its evidence to whether Dulos could attend a deposition his girlfriend Michelle Troconis later this week.

Troconis will be deposed in the civil lawsuit pending in Hartford Superior Court where Gloria Farber, Jennifer's mother, is suing Dulos alleging that he owes her husband's estate millions of dollars. Dulos has claimed they were loans to his home-building business the Fore Group. Troconis will be deposed by Farber's lawyer Richard Weinstein on Thursday.

 

Dulos wanted permission to attend that deposition in person but Blawie ruled that would violate a previous "no contact" order between the two parties. Instead, he ordered that Dulos and his attorney be allowed to observe the deposition through a closed-circuit television in a different room.

Pattis also criticized the gag order Blawie had placed on all parties with Pattis saying it was unfair to his client. Pattis told the judge he planned to appeal that ruling to the state Supreme Court.

Blawie let Dulos off with a warning for now on the probation issues but said if it happens again he'd at least raise his two current $500,000 bonds. Blawie warned Dulos that his bond isn't only about posting the money that he also must comply with other conditions.

"In order for them to track your whereabouts it must be properly charged and based on the report from probation you have been less than diligent in keeping the GPS charged," Blawie said. "This is not a trivial condition because GPS would stop working and then you wouldn't be traceable which is unacceptable to the court."

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