Should those who have taken a life – or suspected to have taken a life – be allowed to give the gift of life to another? Fotis Dulos’ family declares their commitment to having his organs donated after his January 30 suicide, but his charges as a suspected killer leaves the public wondering: what are the ethical and legal considerations that go into the final gesture of good will?
Dulos was arrested and charged with capital murder after his estranged wife and mother to his five children Jennifer Dulos disappeared from her New Canaan, Conn. home in May 2018. Her body has not been found.
Dulos took his own life while on bail and his family maintains that he had nothing to do with Jennifer's disappearance. They said they intend to move forward with a trial as if Dulos was still alive to clear his name. They also announced they plan to honor his memory in another way.
“His family … decided to donate his organs so that he will live on in some form in the assistance that he can provide to others in their own individual struggles,” his lawyer Norm Pattis told reporters.