The husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five has been charged with murder in her disappearance, and his girlfriend has been charged with conspiracy
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The estranged husband of a long-missing Connecticut mother of five was charged Tuesday with her murder, and his girlfriend was arrested on a conspiracy charge.
State police arrested Fotis Dulos, 52, at his Farmington home. He was being held in lieu of a $6 million bond on felony murder, murder and kidnapping charges. Michelle Troconis was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and her bond was set at $2 million. Both are expected to appear Wednesday in Superior Court in Stamford.
Jennifer Dulos, of New Canaan, disappeared May 24 amid contentious divorce and child custody proceedings with Fotis Dulos. She hasn’t been seen since despite extensive searches by authorities in a case that has drawn national attention.
Norm Pattis, an attorney for Fotis Dulos, said he was not surprised by the arrests but does not believe prosecutors can make the charges stick.
“What these charges tell us is the state has evidence and doesn’t know what to make of it,” Pattis said. “And what it intends to do is throw as much against the wall and let the jury decide what happened. Our position is that’s not good enough for Fois Dulos.”
Messages seeking comment were left with Troconis’ attorney.
Pattis said a third person also face charges in the case. State police said their investigation remains open.
Previously, Fotis Dulos and Troconis, 44, were charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. They pleaded not guilty and posted bond.
An arrest warrant later revealed the array of evidence police have compiled in the case.
Police say they have surveillance video from Hartford allegedly showing Fotis Dulos in a pickup truck with Troconis disposing bags of items, some of which were later recovered and found to be stained with Jennifer Dulos’ blood.
They also have traffic and school bus camera footage of a man they believe was Dulos driving a pickup truck to New Canaan on the morning Jennifer Dulos disappeared; surveillance video of Fotis Dulos getting the truck washed and detailed days after she vanished; and evidence that Jennifer Dulos’ DNA was found on the truck’s passenger seat, according to the warrant.
State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr. said in court last year that Jennifer Dulos’ blood also was found mixed with Fotis Dulos’ DNA on the kitchen sink faucet of her home in New Canaan.
Pattis has offered several different theories for Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance, including that she may have faked her own death to frame her husband.
Fotis and Jennifer Dulos had been in the middle of a contentious two-year divorce at the time of her disappearance. A probate judge in November granted custody of their children to their maternal grandmother, Gloria Farber.
Fotis Dulos filed a motion last month seeking to dismiss the divorce case because there has been no activity for nearly six months. A hearing in that case had been scheduled for Thursday.
Family and friends of Jennifer Dulos released a statement on Tuesday afternoon thanking police for their work leading to the arrests.
“Although we are relieved that the wait for these charges is over, for us there is no sense of closure, spokeswoman Carrie Luft said. “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.”
Fois Dulos and Troconis were both brought to the state police barracks in Bridgeport to be booked.
Shortly after Dulos’ arrest, New Canaan Police issued a one word Tweet — “Justice!”
Eaton-Robb reported from Hartford.
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This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Troconis in some instances.