Socialite girlfriend of Jennifer Dulos’ dead husband Fotis found guilty of conspiring to commit murder of mother of five

THE girlfriend of Jennifer Dulos’ dead husband has been found guilty in connection to the death and disappearance of the mother of five.

Dulos, 50, was last seen near her home in New Canaan, Connecticut – about 20 minutes northwest of Norwalk – on May 24, 2019, after dropping off her five children at school.

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Jennifer Dulos was last seen on May 24, 2019, near her home in New Canaan, ConnecticutCredit: NBC
Michelle Troconis, who was dating Dulos' estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, at the time, was convicted of conspiring to murder the mom of five

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Michelle Troconis, who was dating Dulos’ estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, at the time, was convicted of conspiring to murder the mom of fiveCredit: AP
Fotis Dulos, who was facing capital murder charges in connection with his wife's death and disappearance, died by suicide in January 2020 while awaiting trial

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Fotis Dulos, who was facing capital murder charges in connection with his wife’s death and disappearance, died by suicide in January 2020 while awaiting trialCredit: AP
Police found blood throughout the garage of Jennifer Dulos' New Canaan, Connecticut, home

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Police found blood throughout the garage of Jennifer Dulos’ New Canaan, Connecticut, homeCredit: The Mega Agency

Investigators have long suspected that Dulos’ husband, Fotis, and his then-girlfriend Michelle Troconis executed their plot to murder the mom as the estranged couple were in the middle of a nasty divorce and custody battle.

Detectives believe Fotis waited for Dulos to return home after dropping off their children, attacked her in her garage, zip-tied and put her in her car, and drove to the location where her vehicle was eventually found.

Troconis, 49, and Fotis, 52, were arrested in January 2020 in connection with Dulos’ disappearance.

However, Fotis died by suicide while out on $6 million bail.

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He was awaiting trial on capital murder and kidnapping charges in connection with his estranged wife’s death and disappearance.

Nearly five years after Dulos was last seen, a six-person jury at Connecticut Superior Court delivered justice to one of the three suspects believed to have been involved in the mother of five’s death.

On Friday, Venezuelan socialite Troconis was convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, evidence tampering, and hindering prosecution.

While the verdict was being read, Troconis had her head down on the table as she sobbed and a lawyer rubbed her back.

Her bond was set at $6 million.

The judge also requested house arrest, electronic monitoring, and that she surrender her passport, according to ABC.

She is set to be sentenced on May 31.

Kent Mawhinney, Fotis’ attorney and friend, is awaiting his own trial on a conspiracy to murder charge.

Investigators claim Mawhinney helped Fotis and Troconis dispose of evidence related to Dulos’ suspected murder.

DAMNING VIDEO EVIDENCE

State prosecutors spent 27 days demonstrating mountains of evidence to the jury that they argued implicated Troconis in the disappearance of Dulos.

Disturbing Michelle Troconis footage shows socialite with dead boyfriend Fotis Dulos ‘dumping blood-stained evidence’

Prosecutors played disturbing surveillance footage to the jury that showed Troconis and Fotis seemingly getting rid of blood-stained evidence at multiple trash bins across Hartford.

The video appears to show Fotis, wearing a white T-shirt and black baseball hat, hopping out of a Ford F-150 and disposing of an unidentified object in a trash bin.

Investigators said Fotis, a property developer tycoon, and Troconis disposed of 30 bags of evidence on that day.

Troconis’ attorney, Jon Schoenhorn, claimed his client had “no clue” what was inside the bags.

Another video appeared to show Fotis tossing a FedEx envelope into a storm drain as Troconis reached down to the sidewalk near the sewer gate.

Two altered license plates were found inside an envelope dumped at the storm drain.

The plates were later matched to an older-model Chevrolet Suburban once registered to Fotis, prosecutors said.

Schoenhorn told the court that they’ve never disputed the fact that their client was in the vehicle.

However, he claimed Troconis was “trying to get rid of a piece of gum by wiping it on the sidewalk.”

Schoenhorn argued that the surveillance footage showed it was “absolutely clear” that it was Fotis who dropped that FedEx envelope.

“Bottom line is these are things Fotis Dulos did. He’s not here to explain himself. I don’t think anybody is going to be able to explain what he was up to,” he said.

Troconis was seen crying as her verdict was read in court on Friday

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Troconis was seen crying as her verdict was read in court on FridayCredit: YouTube/LawAndCrime
Michelle Troconis pictured in court on day 22 of her trial

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Michelle Troconis pictured in court on day 22 of her trialCredit: AP
Fotis Dulos was out on $6 million bond at the time of his death

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Fotis Dulos was out on $6 million bond at the time of his deathCredit: Getty

‘SPECULATION’

Troconis and her defense maintained her innocence, claiming the state’s case was built solely on “speculation.”

Schoenhorn said that just because Troconis was dating Fotis did not mean she knew what he was doing.

“The state has made, what I would suggest, are unfounded and unfair assumptions and had speculated that Michelle Troconis had to know what was going on, that because she was romantically linked with Fotis, that she was somehow involved in this nefarious, murderous plot,” he told jurors.

Prosecutors underscored the blood uncovered throughout the garage of Dulos’ New Canaan home, her blood-soaked shirt and bra found along with zip-ties, sponges, and duct tape in garbage cans on a street in Hartford.

During closing arguments, prosecutor Michelle Manning dismissed the defense’s Gone Girl theory, in which they claimed Dulos is not dead and instead ran away from her family.

“Jennifer is dead. Let’s be very clear, she was murdered on May 24, 2019,” Manning told the jury.

“Jennifer is dead, and Fotis and Michelle Troconis intended that to happen.

“They agreed to work together to make that happen, and, unfortunately, they were successful in making that happen. But they got caught.

“Jennifer did not run away from her family, her friends, her five children, as this defense would like you to believe.

“She did not run away from her family, leaving her blood-soaked bra and shirt.”

‘MANY QUESTIONS REMAIN’

But despite a trial that included nearly 30 days of testimony, the defense said “many questions” remain about Dulos’ disappearance.

“It’s still unclear, it’s still unclear what happened, and unfortunately, this trial will not solve that puzzle,” Schoenhorn said.

“It will remain a mystery, an unfinished puzzle,” he added before reiterating that the trial is not against Fotis but against Troconis.

The defense attorney also shot down the claims that his client purposely lied to police to mislead their investigation.

A police interrogation clip showed Troconis telling investigators that she had showered with Fotis on the morning of May 24, 2019.

Another clip showed the defendant telling detectives that she saw Fotis and Kent Mawhinney talking in their home later that day.

But, during those interviews, Troconis also told investigators that she did not see Fotis on May 24, 2019.

“The police quizzed Michelle over and over again, it was a test she just couldn’t pass,” Schoenhorn told the jury during closing arguments.

“They insisted she lied, they had a big chart of what she had said on other occasions, and then tried to trick her when she said something that was different from what she had said months before.”

Prosecutor Sean McGuinness said during closing arguments that Troconis played a pivotal role in Fotis’ murder plan.

“This defendant was undoubtedly part of his plan to kill Jennifer Dulos,” he told jurors.

“I want you to make no mistake about this. This defendant hated Jennifer Dulos,” McGuinness added, stressing Troconis’ repeated lies to investigators.

“Why is someone who is innocent lying so much?” he asked jurors.

“Are all those things just coincidences, or is the defendant guilty? We’ve met our burden of proof in this case.”

Troconis has been found guilty in connection to the death and disappearance of Jennifer Dulos

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Troconis has been found guilty in connection to the death and disappearance of Jennifer DulosCredit: Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media/AP
Fotis and Jennifer Dulos were in the middle of a nasty divorce and custody battle at the time of her disappearance

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Fotis and Jennifer Dulos were in the middle of a nasty divorce and custody battle at the time of her disappearanceCredit: Handout
Kent Mawhinney, Fotis Dulos' friend and attorney at the time, is awaiting trial on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder charge

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Kent Mawhinney, Fotis Dulos’ friend and attorney at the time, is awaiting trial on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder chargeCredit: Mega
Jennifer Dulos' body has never been found

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Jennifer Dulos’ body has never been foundCredit: New Canaan Police

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