Highlight Hollywood has confirmed that accused murderer Fotis Dulos has been cremated, but his attorneys are fighting to exonerate him and possibly file malicious prosecution and legal malpractice lawsuits as a way of clearing his name.
Attorney Kevin Smith, a member of his criminal defense team, told Farmington Regional Probate Judge Evelyn Daly during a hearing Tuesday that his client’s interest in his estate should be considered.Daly appointed attorney Christopher Hug, of the Hartford law firm, Robinson + Cole, as the temporary administrator of the Dulos estate.When he died by suicide on January 3, Fotis Dulos was facing murder charges in the death and disappearance of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos, two foreclosure proceedings and $2.5 million in lawsuits filed by his mother-in-law.
Smith said he expects all the criminal charges to be dismissed on March 3 during a proceeding in state Superior Court in Stamford. But he and lead defense attorney Norm Pattis have filed a request for court officials to continue the prosecution with the estate of Fotis Dulos as the defendant as a way of bringing the case to trial. If the charges are dismissed, he and Pattis will consider filing wrongful death, malicious prosecution and legal malpractice lawsuits to exonerate their client, he said.
“His last instructions were to make sure that his name was cleared and that he was exonerated,” Smith said. Smith and Pattis want a temporary administrator who won’t be “hostile” to their client’s interests to be appointed.“We feel as though Mr. Dulos’ interests should be heard,” Smith said.Dulos was cremated, according to his death certificate that Smith provided to the probate court. The New York Medical Examiner is waiting on toxicology results before determining the cause of death, Pattis said. His sister, Rena, had said the family planned to return him to his native Greece.
Dulos died with about $200,000 in a Fidelity 401K account and he had about $14,000 in a separate personal account, Hug told the court.”Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear there was a tremendous amount of liquid assets,” Hug said.As the temporary administrator, Daly said Hug has about 30 days to inventory the assets and debts of Dulos so the court can give what’s left to his five children.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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