6 facts about the Jennifer Dulos murder case
NEW CANAAN, CT – State Police have charged Fotis Dulos with the murder of his ex-wife Jennifer Farber Dulos after more than seven months of intense investigation. Dulos’ ex-girlfriend Michelle Troconis and his friend and former lawyer Kent Mawhinney have also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Tuesday’s arrests were the latest major development in a complicated case that spanned multiple court systems and locations. The main question has been what exactly happened to the mother of five on May 24 when she suddenly disappeared.
Who are Fotis Dulos, Michelle Troconis and Kent Mawhinney?
Fotis Dulos and Jennifer Dulos married in 2004 and had five children together. Jennifer Dulos filed for divorce in 2017 and said in court that she feared Fotis Dulos would harm her and take her children abroad.
Fotis Dulos replied that the allegations were unfounded. Fotis Dulos is the President and CEO of Fore Group, an upscale custom home construction company in Connecticut. Fotis Dulos grew up in Greece, but was born in Turkey, according to its now-closed Facebook page, Heavy.com reports.
Michelle Troconis is Fotis Dulos’ ex-girlfriend. The two had dated during the divorce despite a judge’s statement that exposing Dulos’ children to him had an emotional impact on them, according to the Hartford Courant.
Her LinkedIn profile shows that she has led an international professional life. She was a therapeutic riding instructor in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; held a public relations position for a polo club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and was marketing manager in Argentina.
In 2018, Troconis and her daughter moved into Fotis Dulos’ Farmington home. Blog posts on Fotis Dulos house building company blog also show pictures of Troconis and his daughter. She would have moved from Farmington House in October 2019.
Kent Mawhinney is a close friend and former lawyer of Fotis Dulos. His name has appeared in “alibi scripts” which police say helped Dulos and Troconis stick to a story when questioned by police, according to the arrest warrants. Mawhinney has been questioned several times by the police.
His arrest warrant details how investigators examined a report of a hole at the Windsor Road & Gun Club. Mawhinney helped found the club several years ago, but had not been an active member.
Police believe Jennifer Dulos is dead, but her whereabouts are unknown
Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner James Gill told investigators Jennifer Dulos could not have survived her injuries without medical attention after reviewing the evidence, which included a number of bloody objects containing her DNA. Evidence suggests that she suffered both blunt force and cutting force injuries, according to the warrant. Police also believe Jennifer Dulos was tied using zip ties.
Arrest warrant suggests Fotis Dulos faced financial hardship Problems
Fotis Dulos had a portfolio that included $ 4.49 million in lines of credit as well as several mortgages related to his construction properties. He resorted to a cash advance from Snap Advance, according to the warrant.
Dulos was also being sued by his stepmother Gloria Farber who alleges he owes him $ 2.5 million. Arguments in the case ended at the end of 2019 and no decision has been made. Dulos disputess that Farber owes him money.
Gloria Farber and her late husband Hillard Farber created trust funds for Dulos’ five children with a combined value of $ 2 million. The warrant alleges that Dulos was aware of the funds and may have access to them to pay for expenses related to the children.
This is the third arrest of Dulos and Traconis
Dulos and Traconis were first arrested on June 1 and charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing prosecution in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.
The pair was arrested again in September by state police and charged with another count of tampering with evidence.
Fotis Dulos wanted the divorce case dismissed
Dulos seeks to challenge a decision of the inheritance court who granted her stepmother guardianship of her children.
Dulos’ divorce case has been controversial since Jennifer filed it in 2017. She said she feared Dulos after buying a gun in 2017.
Dulos’ lawyer argued that dismissing the case would simplify child custody issues into one court system.
The cases have covered almost every part of the Connecticut court system
Different aspects have been debated in several courts, including criminal, civil / family, estates and even the State Supreme Court. The issue of guardianship of Fotis and Jennifer Dulos’ children has been addressed in criminal, civil and inheritance courts.
The case remains subject to a court gag order, which has barred police and Fotis Dulos’ attorney Norm Pattis from commenting on the ongoing case. Pattis has appealed to the state Supreme Court to withdraw the gag order, but a decision has yet to be rendered.
Additional reports from Rich Scinto, Patch Staff