A shocking new twist has arisen in the murder prosecution of Fotis Dulos, because the wife of his public prosecutor claims that the two men also wanted to kill her in a complicated alleged plan reminiscent of the Hitchcock thriller Strangers On A Train.
In voice mail recordings released Tuesday, Dulos hears plans to meet lawyer Kent Douglas Mawhinney’s wife, just days before his own wife Jennifer disappeared in Connecticut on May 24.
Before they were both arrested last week in the murder of Jennifer, Mawhinney represented a luxury home developer Dulos in the $ 2.5 million lawsuits his mother-in-law had filed against him.
At the time, Dulos (52) and Mawhinney (53) were both involved in bitterly disputed divorces and Mawhinney was prosecuted after his wife accused him of rape in January. That case is still pending and Mawhinney pleaded not guilty, insisting that the gender was consensual.
Mawhinney’s wife told the police that she believed Dulos was working with her estranged husband “to get rid of her,” according to court documents – which led to the possibility that the two men arranged some sort of sick trade after police allegations that Mawhinney it was supposed to be fake alibi Dulos the morning Jennifer disappeared, and perhaps even an improvised grave had conquered the plot.
Fotis Dulos runs for free on $ 6 million bonds last week. In new voicemails he hears plans to meet the wife of his lawyer, just a few days before his own wife Jennifer disappeared
Attorney Kent Douglas Mawhinney is seen at pre-trial detention. His estranged wife believes Dulos joined with Mawhinney to “get rid of her”
Jennifer Dulos (above) disappeared on May 24 and her body was never found
Dulos briefly met Mawhinney’s wife at Max’s Oyster Bar West Hartford on May 19, according to the order, and then contacted her on May 20 and May 21 – three days before Jennifer disappeared.
In the new voicemail messages released by WTIC TV, Dulos hears trying to make plans to meet Mawhinney’s wife.
‘Hello … this is Fotis Dulos from Fore Group. I just wanted to contact you. If you get the chance, my number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. Thank you very much. Bye.’
In another recording, he says, “Hello … it is, uh, Fotis Dulos. I hope you’re well. It is Sunday morning, mid-morning, and I am just trying to touch the base with you to see what the plan is so that I can plan my uh afternoon, evening accordingly. OK. Call me back. Thank you very much. Bye.’
Mawhinney’s wife’s lawyer, Zenas Zelotes, said the voicemails were the start of a suspicious plot to take her to Dulos’s home in Farmington.
However, she was immediately skeptical and did not understand why Dulos, whom she barely knew, suddenly tried to mediate in her controversial divorce battle.
“This is not a good friend of the family, this is not a family member, this is not the type of person you would expect to achieve and try to restore a marriage,” Zelotes told the affiliated fox.
Fotis Dulos, seen with his legal team, has been charged with murder and kidnapping
Fotis Dulos arrives on Thursday evening at home accompanied by two officers. He was released on bail for two days after being charged with the murder of his wife Jennifer.
Dulos arrived home in another car in which he left the court. He immediately went into his garage and then entered his house
In August, Mawhinney was accused of violating the terms of a protection order by using Fotis Dulos to contact his own estranged wife.
Arrest orders released last week revealed that police believe that Mawhinney, as well as Dulos’ 45-year-old friend Michelle Troconis, conspired with Dulos to assassinate his wife Jennifer by allegedly inventing alibis for him.
Jennifer, a five-year-old mother, disappeared from her home in New Canaan on the morning of May 24. The police believe she was murdered between 8.05 am and 10.25 am – but her body was never found.
According to orders, police officers believe that Dulos woke up at 4:20 am when his telephone alarm went off and drove the 70 miles from his house to Jennifer in a borrowed car with docked license plates.
Both Troconis and Mawhinney would supply part of Dulos’ alibi that morning, researchers think.
In police interviews, Troconis initially claimed that she and Dulos woke up at 6.40 am and had intimate relationships before breakfast. In later interviews, her story changed when she was confronted with evidence, the warrants said.
Troconis also initially told the police that she last saw Dulos at around 8.15 am that morning when he met Mawhinney at the home office in the $ 4.2 million mansion of Dulos in Farmington.
Michelle Troconis, center, was approached last week for conspiracy to commit charges for murder
Jennifer (left) filed a divorce in 2017 and Fotis Dulos got romantically involved with Michelle Troconis (with him immediately at a work event)
Mawhinney’s own statements to investigators were “often vague or evasive, sometimes contradictory, and otherwise suspicious” according to his arrest warrant.
Mawhinney initially said there was no meeting with Dulos that morning, but then said that a meeting was planned, but he was not going.
In a second police interview, Mawhinney claimed that on May 25, the day after Jenny’s disappearance, he had suffered a concussion and had no memory of seeing Troconis or Dulos on that day. He also said his phone was broken in the fall and needed to be replaced.
Mawhinney continued to deny contact with Dulos or Troconis on May 24 – despite telephone records it appears that Dulos called his phone that evening, while police believe Dulos and Troconis were driving around Hartford to gather evidence.
“I don’t remember having contact with him [Dulos]. If there is a phone call, I think so. But I can’t remember having been in contact with Fotis, “Mawhinney told the police, according to the order.
The police also linked Mawhinney to a seemingly improvised grave that was discovered shortly before Jennifer disappeared but never had any remains.
On May 18, about a week before Jennifer disappeared, members of the Windsor Rod & Gun Club at East Granby came across a hole two feet wide, six feet long and three feet deep in a limited area of the terrain.
Witness Jay Lawlor said that during a hunting trip for his birthday, he discovered an “area with disturbed soil” while walking through the woods with his friend Lee McKay.
He described the hole – which was covered with ‘two barbecue grills’, small branches and leaves – as ‘100 percent a human grave’, an arresting state.
In the ditch Lawlor found a blue sail and two unopened bags of lime. Quicklime is often used to prevent odor degradation that attracts flies and animals.
Lawlor and his friend, afraid that someone would fall into the hidden hole, moved the leaves and grill covers so that it was clearly visible.
According to the order, “Lawlor removed the strange find” until he heard that Mawhinney, who helped find the yacht club and buy the land it owned, “was involved in the Dulos case.”
Mawhinney, who was no longer a member of the yacht club at the time, allegedly asked a member in March and April to gain access to the site, which is protected by fencing and logging. The order claims that he was then told about a hidden key.
According to the police, the lawyer placed the lawyer at the site of the hole on 29 and 31 May.
Lawlor returned to the site in June and discovered that the gap was filled and covered “as neat as a pin.”
Researchers searched the area and found evidence that the gap was filled, but a thorough investigation revealed no human remains.
Mawhinney is currently being held at the Bridgeport Correctional Center pending a $ 2 million bail.
Dulos ran free on $ 6 million bonds last week and Troconis has also posted its $ 1.5 million bail. Both are currently under house arrest and can be followed by a GPS ankle monitor.
Dulos, Troconis and Mawhinney have not declared guilty in this case. Dulos criminal lawyer, Norm Pattis, said he believes the state’s case is exceptionally weak.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Dulos had any involvement in the disappearance of his wife, and we defy the state to prove that she is actually dead,” Pattis said last week.
Pattis said a jury would hear a statement for state forensic evidence – including bloody cable ties, gloves, and other items – “from Fotis himself,” implying that the accused murderer intends to testify in his own defense during the trial .
Dulos must appear in court again on 28 February. Troconis must appear in court on February 7 and Mawhinney will appear on February 20.