Almost eight months after Jennifer Farber Dulos disappeared, her estranged husband and his ex-girlfriend face charges related to her death, accoerding to CNN
Fotis Dulos, 52, was arrested Tuesday and was charged with murder, felony murder and kidnapping, according to local police. Dulos' ex-girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 45, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder after her arrest on Tuesday, they added. The court set Dulos' bond at $6 million and Troconis' at $2 million.
A third person, Kent Mawhinney, was arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, Jeltema said. Mawhinney is an attorney who has worked with Dulos. The court set his bond at $2 million.
The three are expected to be arraigned on Wednesday. Dulos' attorney, Norm Pattis, maintains that his client's innocence, despite not being surprised that the state brought the charge.
"I'll be surprised if they can win it. Mr. Dulos contends he was not involved, and I don't think the evidence will show that he was," Pattis told reporters Tuesday outside of Dulos' home in Farmington, Connecticut.
Dulos previously was arrested on suspicion of evidence tampering in the disappearance of his wife, who has been missing since May.
He pleaded not guilty in September to evidence tampering after investigators found a "bloodlike substance" with his wife's DNA in a truck he had access to the day she disappeared.
Jennifer Dulos, 50, was last seen driving a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban on May 24 in New Canaan, police said.
Her friends reported the mother of five -- who was in a contentious child custody battle with her husband -- missing after she missed appointments and they hadn't heard from her for 10 hours. Authorities found her car near a park, not far from her house.
Tuesday, Jennifer Dulos' family released a statement thanking state and local police "for their tireless commitment and diligent, painstaking work."
"Although we are relieved that the wait for these charges is over, for us there is no sense of closure," the statement said. "Nothing can bring Jennifer back. We miss her every day and will forever mourn her loss."
Authorities say there are several indications Jennifer Dulos is dead, including no reported activity on her cell phone since May 24, the day she was reported missing, according to newly released arrest warrants for Fotis Dulos and Troconis.