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Updated with reports that Fotis Dulos' girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and former civil attorney Kent Mawhinney, are also expected to face charges in the case.
Nearly eight months after Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos went missing, her estranged and controversial husband has been arrested for her murder.
Fotis Dulos was taken into custody at his Farmington mansion Tuesday morning, the Hartford Courant reports.
“I haven’t seen the warrant yet but it is my understanding that Mr. Dulos was just arrested and was charged with the crime of murder as to his wife, Jennifer Dulos,” his lawyer Norm Pattis told reporters.
Pattis also that two others are also getting arrested Tuesday, but had no further information on their identities. It was reported later Tuesday that Dulos' girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, had been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Dulos' former civil attorney, Kent Douglas Mawhinney, who represented him in a civil lawsuit filed by Jennifer's mother, is also expected to be charged with conspiracy, according the Stamford Advocate.
Pattis defended his client and maintained his innocence.
“Today is a somber day,” he told reporters. “In a paradoxical way we welcome this fight because we think we will win it. In fact, we are confident we will. And now we won’t have to speculate what it will look like.”
Shortly after Dulos’ arrest, the New Canaan Police posted a one-word tweet exclaiming “Justice!”
Jennifer’s body has never been found. She vanished May 24 amid a heated custody dispute with her estranged husband over their five children.
Dulos and Troconis originally faced evidence tampering charges following Jennifer's disappearance. Both pleaded not guilty months ago and have since been out on bail.
Investigators claimed in a previous arrest warrant that Fotis Dulos was "lying in wait" for his wife at her home on the day she disappeared, and that the “crime and clean-up are believed to have occurred" soon after. Authorities also allege that Troconis suggested to them that “the body of Jennifer at some point was in” a truck Dulos borrowed from an employee at his real estate development company and was driving that day. Police say they recovered a "blood-like substance" containing Jennifer's DNA from one of the truck's seats, which Dulos allegedly insisted his employee replace.
Meanwhile, Pattis has repeatedly suggested that Jennifer may have staged her disappearance, claiming she once wrote a book manuscript with a similar plot to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl.” That novel, which was also turned into a movie, is about a woman who fakes her own death to frame her husband.
Despite media appearances in which Dulos claimed that he and his wife split amicably, court documents filed by Jennifer stated that she was scared of him and that the divorce was prompted by an affair between Dulos and Troconis. Jennifer claimed the pair began having an affair in 2016, according to the Stamford Advocate. She said in court filings that Troconis' presence was emotionally damaging to her children. She filed for divorce in 2017.
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