An ax that Fotis Dulos allegedly borrowed from a friend a month before his wife, Jennifer Dulos, vanished was seized from his Connecticut mansion on Tuesday, January 7 when he was arrested on murder charges.
Fotis Dulos, 52, has been charged with felony murder, murder, and kidnapping. His (possibly former) girlfriend Michelle Troconis, 45, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder as was his former civil lawyer Kent Douglas Mawhinney. All the defendants were arraigned Wednesday. Fotis posted $6 million bond and was released on house arrest Thursday. He was seen leaving the courthouse in an SUV to head back to his Farmington mansion for GPS monitoring, the Associated Press reports.
Troconis is also expected to be released on house arrest on Thursday on $1.5 million bond, which was lowered from $2 million Wednesday, the Stamford Advocate reports. Mawhinney is not expected to post his $2 million bond.
An ax was confiscated by the Connecticut State Police when they arrested Fotis at his Farmington home on Tuesday, the Hartford Courant reports. It has since been sent to the state forensic lab for DNA analysis.
What clues the investigators think the ax may possibly hold is unclear, but an unnamed source told the Courant that Fotis borrowed it from a friend in April, one month before his estranged wife vanished, after claiming he wanted to cut firewood in his backyard.
The ax was seized from Fotis’ garage. A new Connecticut State Police arrest warrant, obtained by Oxygen.com, claims that she likely suffered “non-survivable” injuries in her own garage, which "likely include some combination of traumatic, blunt-force injuries such as bludgeoning/beating, and/or sharp-force injuries such as a stabbing/slashing."
Norm Pattis told reporters he doesn't think much will come out of the ax confiscation.
"In this case, what are they going to say? 'It's Lizzie Borden's murder weapon?'" he said, according to NBC Connecticut. He added, "If there was going to be significance to it, I doubt it would have been sitting in plain view for them to see when they came into the house."
Dulos and Troconis were initially charged with evidence tampering, charges both pleaded not guilty to months ago.
Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five, was last seen alive dropping off her kids on May 24.
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