$6M bail set for husband accused in death of missing Connecticut woman

Published on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:52
Written by Dave Collins

Associated Press

Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of a missing mother of five, was ordered detained on $6 million bail Wednesday on new murder and kidnapping charges and told he cannot have any contact with his children.

Dulos, 52, of Farmington, Connecticut, was arraigned in Stamford Superior Court, along with two other people authorities say helped him cover up the killing of Jennifer Dulos. A judge also ordered him to be placed under house arrest if he manages to post bail, which his attorney expected him to do.

Jennifer Dulos, 50, of New Canaan, has not been seen since she dropped her children off at school on May 24. She and Fotis Dulos were in the middle of contentious divorce and child custody proceedings at the time.

Also arraigned Wednesday were Fotis Dulos’ former girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and his friend, attorney Kent Mawhinney, who are each charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Police accuse them of helping Fotis Dulos cover up the killing, including by drawing up a bogus alibi for him.

Judge John Blawie set Troconis’ bail at $1.5 million and Mawhinney’s bail at $2 million. Both were arrested Tuesday after police took Fotis Dulos into custody at his Farmington home.

Fotis Dulos, who has denied any role in her disappearance, wore a blazer, dress shirt and jeans at the arraignment. His lawyer, Norman Pattis, said prosecutors and police were “groping in the dark and grasping at straws.”

“We very much want to try this case,“ Pattis said. ”Mr. Dulos wants to clear his name.”

In the new arrest warrants released Tuesday, police revealed allegations that Mawhinney’s cellphone pinged a tower May 31 near the Windsor Rod & Gun Club, where hunters had found a hole dug into the ground May 18.

The hunters said that the hole was big enough for a human body, and that inside the hole was a tarp and unopened bags of lime, which officials say can be used to cover the smell of dead bodies.

The hole was found covered up in June. Police later dug up the site but did not find anything. Mawhinney’s cellphone also pinged a tower near the club in March, police said.

It had been known for months that Fotis Dulos was the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. He and Troconis were charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in June.

Posted in The Bristol Press, on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:52. Updated: Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:54.