STAMFORD — Fotis Dulos is free after posting his $6 million bond on Wednesday, and it is expected that Michelle Troconis will follow suit over the next 24 hours.
After spending the night in jail, the three defendants in the Jennifer Dulos homicide were arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Stamford Superior Court.
Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, 52, was held overnight on $6 million bond at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield after being charged Tuesday with felony murder, murder and kidnapping.
His former girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 45, and his former civil attorney, Kent Mawhinney, 53, were each held on $2 million bond on a conspiracy to commit murder charge.
After more than seven months since Jennifer Dulos vanished, police said Tuesday they have gathered enough evidence to declare the missing New Canaan mother dead and charge three people in connection with her homicide.
The 50-year-old mother of five likely suffered a “non-survivable” injury, according to Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner James R. Gill, as detailed in arrest warrants released Tuesday.
Dulos, faces new charges of capital murder, murder and kidnapping, while Troconis, 45, and Mawhinney have each been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, argued Wednesday for a $1 million bond after “extraordinary allegations.” Pattis says Dulos has cooperated so far and does “not believe he is a flight risk.”
Judge John Blawie said the bond of $6 million is appropriate, and it will stay there. If he makes bond, Fotis will be on house arrest with GPS monitoring.
“If it doesn't happen today, then I expect it to happen tomorrow,” Pattis said on when Dulos will make bond.
The judge also issued a protecting order barring Dulos from having any contact with mother-in-law Gloria Farber, his five children and their nanny.
will also not be allowed to have any contact with his children.
Next, Troconis, Fotis’ faced the court. As she was read her rights, the tension in the room was felt among everyone in the courtroom.
Her lawyer, Andrew Bowman, also requested a bond reduction since she “has been compliant.”
Juide Blawie bond set the bond at $1.5 million. If she posts bond, the judge said she much meet certain restrictions, including house arrest.
Mawhinney’s $2 million was upheld by the judge. He too, will also be under house arrest.
The hearing lasted about 45 minutes.
In a press conference held on the steps of the courthouse, Pattis said that he had expected a bond in the range of $5 million, given Fotis’ “extensive overseas connections”
After the hearing, Pattis argued the case built in this warrant was “entirely circumstantial.”
“We’ve waited for months in anticipation for this warrant,” Pattis said. “What we got was vanishingly little.”
In regards to the bond, he said he can count on one hand the number of bonds he’s seen that are higher than the $6 million placed on his client.
Pattis said that he had expected a bond in the range of $5 million, given Fotis’ “extensive overseas connections.”
According to the latest arrest warrants, Jennifer Dulos suffered “non-survivable” injuries during an attack inside the garage of her New Canaan home around 8:05 a.m. May 24.
While her body has not been found, the state’s chief medical examiner determined Jennifer Dulos likely died from “some combination of traumatic, blunt-force injuries such as a bludgeoning/beating, and/or sharp-force injuries such as a stabbing/slashing,” according to the arrest warrant.
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State police said they were alerted to what was described as a “human grave” in East Granby, where Jennifer Dulos may have been temporarily placed, according to Mawhinney’s arrest warrant.
Mawhinney, described as a close friend of Fotis Dulos who represented him in the $2.5 million civil lawsuits filed by his mother-in-law, was arrested at gunpoint late Tuesday afternoon in Tolland, according to a source close to the case.
Mawhinney was one of the founders of the Windsor Rod & Gun Club in East Granby, where two members stumbled upon hole near the woods, measuring 2 1/2 feet wide, 6 feet long and 3 1/2 feet deep on May 18, according to the warrant.
The men found a blue tarp and two bags of lime, which could be used to decompose a body, the warrant said.
In early June, one of the men noticed the hole was covered “as neat as a pin,” the warrant said.
The man eventually reported the hole to the East Granby Resident Trooper Office around June 21. Two members of the office conducted a search of the area and dug down about 1 1/2 feet before stopping due to “hot weather conditions” and did not find anything, the warrant said.
The man went back to the state police in August when he realized Mawhinney’s connection to Fotis Dulos, the warrant said. On Aug. 14, New Canaan and state police conducted an extensive search of the property, but K-9s found no signs of human remains, the warrant said.
According to the warrant, Mawhinney’s cellphone pinged off a tower near the club around 11 p.m. May 31 — hours after police visited Fotis Dulos’ Farmington home and conducted an intense search in Hartford where they say Jennifer Dulos’ bloody clothing was found in the trash. The next day, Fotis Dulos and Troconis were arrested on tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution charges.
The latest arrest warrants reiterated law enforcement’s theory that Fotis Dulos used his employee’s pickup truck to drive to New Canaan the morning of the disappearance. Police believe Fotis Dulos was “lying in wait” when his estranged wife returned to her Welles Lane home after dropping off their five children at a nearby school, the warrant said.
According to the warrants, Jennifer Dulos was attacked in the garage, causing blood to splatter on the walls and on a Land Rover parked inside. Fotis Dulos used supplies from her home to clean up after the crime and used zip-ties to restrain his estranged wife, the warrant said.
Jennifer Dulos’ body was placed in her Chevrolet Suburban, which was found that night abandoned near Waveny Park, the warrant said. Police said Fotis Dulos then returned to Farmington where he cleaned up his employee’s pickup truck at the Mountain Spring Road home his company was developing, the warrant said.
While Fotis Dulos was in New Canaan, police said Troconis and Mawhinney were at his Jefferson Crossing home in Farmington attempting to create an alibi for him, the warrant said. Fotis Dulos left his cellphone behind and Troconis answered a call from his childhood friend from Greece while he was in New Canaan, the warrant said.
However, Troconis and Mawhinney contradicted their statements several times during their interviews with police, the warrants said.
Troconis confirmed in one of the interviews that the couple seen in Hartford surveillance videos was her and Fotis Dulos the night of the disappearance, the warrant said. Troconis said she did not know what Fotis Dulos was doing when police said he was seen dumping bags that contained his wife’s bloody clothing, the warrants said.
The warrants also describe the efforts Fotis Dulos and Troconis made to clean up the Toyota Tacoma that was seen on traffic cameras driving to and from New Canaan the morning of the disappearance.
Fotis Dulos and Troconis took the pickup truck to be detailed at an Avon car wash several days later, the warrants said. Fotis Dulos also urged his employee to remove and discard the seats, which were later found to contain his wife’s blood, the warrants said.