Jennifer Dulos case: Man charged in missing mom's disappearance returns to court

NEW CANAAN, Connecticut (WABC) -- A Connecticut man charged in connection with the disappearance of his estranged wife appeared in court Friday where a series of pending motions were addressed.

Jennifer Dulos, a 50-year-old mother of five from New Canaan, vanished May 24 and remains missing.

Fotis Dulos' legal team requested his wife's medical records in court Friday morning, but the judge refused.

His lawyer has suggested Jennifer Dulos may have staged her disappearance to raise suspicions about Fotis Dulos during contentious divorce and child custody proceedings.

The judge denied the motion and prosecutors called it a "fishing expedition" by Dulos' lawyer. The judge called it "speculative."

The defense motion to have Dulos' GPS tracker moved to his wrist rather than his ankle was also denied.

However, a defense motion to preserve evidence was granted.

The defense motion for having seized property returned to Dulos was partially approved. Dulos will be getting back two vehicles: a Chevy suburban and a Jeep Cherokee. The return of electronics, phones and other items will be decided at a later date.

The state's motion to issue a gag order was another hot topic of discussion and debate at the hearing. Both sides have until Aug 19 to file briefings about the matter and the judge will make a decision on Sept 3.

Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have pleaded not guilty to evidence tampering and hindering prosecution charges. Police allege they discarded items containing Jennifer Dulos' blood in Hartford.

The children have been staying with Jennifer Dulos' mother.

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