An attorney charged with conspiracy in the death of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Farber Dulos may be cooperating with investigators, an attorney for another alleged conspirator charged in the case said in court documents filed Monday, according to the Hartford Courant.
Kent Mawhinney, a friend of Farber Dulos’s husband Fotis Dulos who represented him in some civil matters, and Michelle Troconis, Dulos’s former girlfriend, were both arrested on conspiracy to commit murder charges in January. Mawhinney was held on a $2 million bail until October, when prosecutors agreed to a $246,000 cash and real estate bail so he could visit his sick father.
But Troconis’s attorney, Jon Schoenhorn, filed documents referring to Mawhinney as a “jailhouse informant” and seeking information “pertaining to consideration, rewards or understanding regarding favorable treatment, compensation or reward of any kind in exchange for Mawhinney’s cooperation with the state, the investigation or prosecution of this case.”
Farber Dulos was last seen on May 24, 2019, while dropping her children off at school. Police later found her vehicle, a black 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, parked off of Lapham Road, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Dulos, who committed suicide earlier this year prior to a court appearance that likely would have seen his bail revoked, was ultimately charged with his wife’s murder, although her body has not been found. In addition to the conspiracy charge, Troconis, who paid a $2.1 million bail, has also been charged with tampering with evidence and hindering a prosecution.
Both she and Mawhinney have pleaded not guilty.
Schoenhorn said prosecutors have turned over evidence, including a 90 minute interview with Mawhinney conducted on August 31, in which he allegedly revealed incriminating evidence against Troconis and Dulos.
“It certainly didn’t come as a surprise to me, that Kent Mawhinney gave a statement implicating my client and Mr. Dulos in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos,” Schoenhorn said, according to NBC Connecticut.
According to Schoenhorn, Mawhinney told prosecutors that Dulos and Troconis asked him provide them with a fake alibi for they day they planned to kill Farber Dulos and that the next night, Dulos phoned him to say it was done.
“I’m not concerned because when he was released I just assumed he was gonna say something,” Schoenhorn said. “The difference now is they didn’t have any evidence that was admissible against Michelle Troconis, now they have a jailhouse informant, and I look forward to cross-examining him.”
In his motion, Schoenhorn wrote that “any and all other information that documents preferential treatment, consideration or favors or otherwise demonstration that Mawhinney’s statements are ‘inherently suspect’ as a jailhouse informant.”
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[Featured image: Jennifer Farber Dulos/handout]