Missing Connecticut Mom's Husband Admits Estranged Couple Had 'Differences' In First Interview

Inset Jennifer Doulos CT missing Mom On Screen Shot of Fotis Dulos Speaking
Source: New Canaan Police; NBC

Jul. 3 2019, Updated 2:28 p.m. ET

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The husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos admitted the estranged couple had its differences in a rare television interview, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Fotis Dulos spoke out for the first time to NBC 4 New York to tell his side of the story just weeks after he and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty to evidence tampering in her mysterious disappearance.

"I never wanted Jennifer out of the way," Fotis, 51, told the outlet. "Yes, I send my prayers. I had my differences with Jennifer, like many people do when they go through a marriage. It didn't work out for us but that doesn't mean I wish her ill in any way."

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Last month Radar published exclusive photos of Jennifer's estranged husband cleaning up his $4.5 million estate in New Canaan, Conn. after police scoured his home for clues. Now, in the shocking television interview, Fotis claimed he is innocent.

"I know what I've done and I know what I haven't done so I have to stand and fight and hope that the truth is going to come out," he told the outlet in the video below.

The mother of five was last seen at approximately 8 a.m. on May 24 after dropping her five children off at school. Radar was first to exclusively report that authority sources deemed the case a homicide, stating: "This is no longer a missing persons investigation. This is now a murder case."

On June 1, Fotis and his mistress-turned-girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, were arrested and charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the case.

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Fotis told NBC 4 that he gets why the public is suspicious of him.

"So statistically when something like this happens, 90 to 95 percent it's the spouse so I can understand why people feel like this," Fotis explained. "I'm in the five or 10 percent category."

The father added that he thinks the public "should wait" to see the outcome. His legal team is now fighting for him to be able to see his children again.

"I wake up every day and I feel like somebody is sitting on my chest. It's terrible not to have your children. I don't think anything compares to it," the father continued.

In June, authorities began focusing their attention on a lake in Avon, Conn., where Jennifer, 50, and Fotis trained their five children in water sport activities.

Meanwhile, Troconis underwent a polygraph test the same day she and Fotis were arrested. On June 11, Fotis posted bond and was released from custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 2.

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