The girlfriend of Jennifer Dulos’ estranged husband made an emotional and teary-eyed appearance in court on Wednesday as she was arraigned for the most recent charge she faces related to the case of the missing Connecticut mother.
Michelle Troconis buried her face into her father’s shoulder before entering the courtroom, where she was formally arraigned on a new tampering with evidence charge, the Stamford Advocate reports.
Troconis, 44, didn't speak during the brief court appearance, which lasted not much longer than a minute. She was arrested on the charge earlier this month, along with boyfriend Fotis Dulos.
It was the second time they were charged with evidence tampering. The first charge came months ago after investigators allegedly found evidence of the couple disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in trash receptacles.
The new charge for Troconis came after she allegedly admitted to helping Dulos clean a truck that authorities suspect was used to transport Jennifer's body. Troconis told investigators she helped clean what Dulos allegedly described as a "coffee stain" that she later admitted "did not smell of coffee," according to an arrest warrant for Dulos.
The warrant alleges that a “blood-like substance” matching Jennifer’s DNA was found on one of the seats that was in that truck.
According to the warrant, Troconis also admitted to deceiving police in previous interviews regarding Dulos' alibi for the day Jennifer disappeared. She allegedly "confirmed she did not physically see Dulos upon waking on" that morning and that she was "mistaken" when she claimed they took a shower together.
Her apparent change in story has led Dulos’ lawyer Norm Pattis to call her a “lying lover.” He initially called her an alibi for his client.
Jennifer has been missing since May 24. She and Dulos were in a heated custody battle over their five children at the time of her disappearance.
Investigators wrote in the most recent arrest warrant that they believe Dulos was “lying in wait” for Jennifer the day she vanished and that a crime scene cleanup happened hours later. They believe the mother of five was the victim of a violent assault.
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