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Michelle Troconis Says Trusting Fotis Dulos Was 'A Mistake,' Claims Ignorance About Jennifer Dulos
As the one year anniversary of Jennifer Dulos' disappearance looms near, Fotis Dulos' ex Michelle Troconis has broken her silence.
The mistress of the man accused of killing a Connecticut mother of five has spoken out about the case and against him — months after his death following an apparent suicide attempt.
Michelle Troconis was charged in January with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the disappearance and presumed death of Jennifer Dulos, her former boyfriend Fotis Dulos' wife. Troconis has since been released on house arrest.
While Troconis has long remained silent about the case, she broke her silence Thursday with a statement obtained by NBC New York.
“For the past year, people have said many things about me — some kind; some cruel,” the statement reads in part. “I was advised by my lawyers to remain quiet and rely on the justice system, which is very frustrating for me because there is a lot I would wish to say. It has been nearly a year since I first heard about the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. As a mother, I am saddened for the loss that these five children have suffered, being left without both parents in such a short period of time.”
“I know nothing about Jennifer Dulos' whereabouts or what may have happened to her. I know that under American law, I don't have to prove my innocence, but actually, to me it feels that way during all this time of public scrutiny," Troconis said in her statement.
She also spoke about Fotis, who died after an apparent suicide attempt in his garage earlier this year. In the statement, she seemingly placed blame on Fotis for Jennifer's disappearance.
“Whether or not Fotis Dulos was capable of doing the things the police and prosecutors accused him of doing, I do not know,” she stated. “But based on what I have learned in the last year, I think it was a mistake to have trusted him."
Troconis made her statement in Spanish and her attorney has provided an English translation. Her lawyer Jon Schoenhorn previously stated in February that Troconis' first language is Spanish, and claimed that a language barrier may have impacted her initial interviews with investigators.
In March, Schoenhorn also accused investigators of lying in regards to his client.
Jennifer Dulos vanished last May amid a heated divorce and custody battle for her and Fotis' five children. Sunday will mark the one year anniversary of her disappearance.
Fotis and Troconis — whom were having an affair while Fotis and Jennifer were still married — were both charged shortly after Jennifer vanished with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the case. The couple was charged after police allegedly found evidence of the couple disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in trash receptacles.
The pair faced more serious charges in January; Fotis being charged with Jennifer's murder. Charges against him have since been dropped following his death.
While Jennifer's body has never been found, police have asserted that she is dead. An arrest warrant issued by investigators alleged that Fotis was “lying in wait” for Jennifer the day she vanished and that “the crime and clean-up are believed to have occurred” shortly after.
Troconis has been accused of helping with that cleanup. She allegedly told investigators that “the body of Jennifer at some point was in” a truck Fotis had borrowed from an employee at his real estate development company.
Troconis also allegedly admitted to cleaning out what Fotis told her was a “coffee stain” in the borrowed truck but “she admitted that it did not smell of coffee,” according to Fotis’ arrest warrant.
Norm Pattis, who previously represented Fotis, told Oxygen.com Thursday that “Mr. Dulos’s estate has asserted control of the case in the wake of his death and has instructed me to make no comment.”
He referred Oxygen.com to lawyer Christopher Hug in Hartford who has not immediately returned a request for comment.