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Fotis Dulos' Girlfriend Arrested, Charged With Conspiracy To Commit Murder In Jennifer Dulos Case
Michelle Troconis has been hit with a new charge the same day as her boyfriend. Fotis Dulos' former civil attorney Kent Mawhinney is also expected to be charged, according to reports.
Michelle Troconis, 44, was charged Tuesday and her bond was set at $2 million, NBC Connecticut reports. Fotis Dulos, 52, was taken into custody at his Farmington mansion Tuesday morning and has been charged with capital murder, murder and kidnapping, the Stamford Advocate reports. He is being held on a $6 million bond. Both are expected to be arraigned Wednesday in state Superior Court in Stamford. Fotis' lawyer Norm Pattis told reporters he hopes they can make bond at that point.
Dulos’ former civil lawyer Kent Douglas Mawhinney is also expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit murder, according to the Advocate. He represented Fotis Dulos against a $2.5 million civil lawsuit filed by his mother-in-law. Mawhinney’s estranged wife told police he thought that Dulos and Mawhinney wanted her dead at one point, according to the Stamford Advocate. He was arrested twice last year. In the first instance, he was charged with sexual assault of spouse and disorderly conduct, NBC Connecticut reports. Then he was charged with violating an order of protection in connection with the first incident. Mawhinney requested on June 7 to stop representing Dulos in his civil case.
Shortly after Dulos’ arrest, the New Canaan Police posted a one-word tweet on Tuesday 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.
Both Dulos and Troconis faced evidence tampering charges soon after Jennifer vanished. Both pleaded not guilty months ago and have since been out on bail.
Investigators claimed in a previous arrest warrant that Dulos was "lying in wait" for Jennifer at her home on the day she disappeared, and that the “crime and clean-up are believed to have occurred" soon after. Authorities also said that in subsequent questioning, 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.