Fotis Dulos charged with capital murder in case of missing Connecticut mother

Connecticut

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — 22News’ sister station News 8 has learned Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Dulos, has been charged in connection with her murder.

Connecticut State Police arrested Fotis Dulos at his home in Farmington Tuesday morning.

State Police say Fotis Dulos was charged with Capital Murder, Murder, and Kidnapping. He is being held on a $6 million bond.

State Police say Fotis’ one-time girlfriend, Michelle Troconis was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Her bond is set to $2 million.

Both were taken into custody safely and without incident, State Police say.

An attorney, Kent Mawhinney, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Attorney Norm Pattistold News 8 he hopes to have Fotis arraigned Tuesday afternoon and to post the bond.

Michelle Troconis and Kent Mawhinney

Carrie Luft, on behalf of friends and family of Jennifer Farber Dulos, released a statement midday Tuesday saying,

Above all we thank the Connecticut State Police and the New Canaan Police Department, as well as the assisting local departments, for their tireless commitment and diligent, painstaking work that have led to these arrests. Although we are relieved that the wait for these charges is over, for us there is no sense of closure. Nothing can bring Jennifer back. We miss her every day and will forever mourn her loss.

We believe the arrest warrants will speak for themselves, and we ask that you please respect our privacy during this time. Thank you.

CARRIE LUFT, ON BEHALF OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF JENNIFER FARBER DULOS

Jennifer Farber-Dulos has been missing since May 24, 2019. 

Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence in June. 

In September, Dulos was charged with tampering with/or fabricating physical evidence, while Troconis was charged with tampering with evidence. Both pleaded not guilty.

Superior Court Judge John Blawie issued a gag order in the case, barring Dulos and his lawyer, Norm Pattis, from talking to the media. The ruling came on Sept. 12, 2019.

According to the arrest warrant, Dulos drove his employee’s red truck from his Farmington home to New Canaan on May 24th and left it near Waveny Park, the same area where Jennifer’s car was later found abandoned.

The pair was originally arrested a week after Jennifer Dulos went missing after they were allegedly caught on surveillance in Hartford dumping bags that were later found to contain Jennifer Dulos’s blood, some clothing, and items used for cleaning.

Blood was also found in her garage. Police believe she was the victim of an attack that someone then tried to clean up.

New Canaan police have received thousands of tips from the public. Those tips have led local and state police to lead investigations across the state.

State Police spent weeks over the summer scouring through trash at the MIRA Facility in Hartford.

Fotis Dulos has been in and out of court for both criminal and civil hearings. He and his company, Fore Group, have been back and forth with Jennifer’s mother, Gloria Farber fighting for monetary settlements. Fotis himself has been fighting for custody of the children in civil court.

A probate judge has removed both Fotis Dulos and Jennifer Dulos as guardians of their five children in November, and granted custody of the children to Gloria Farber, Jennifer’s mother.

Fotis and Jennifer have been going through a two-year divorce case when she disappeared. In January, Fotis motioned for a judge to dismiss the divorce case, but a judge denied it.

(Connecticut State Police)

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