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Police search Fotis Dulos’ home as bondsman says he spoke to him last before suicide attempt

Police confirmed they carried out a new search of Fotis Dulos’ home on Wednesday, as a bail bondsman has revealed he was the last person the murder suspect spoke to before he tried to kill himself on Tuesday.

Connecticut State Police executed a new search warrant at the Farmington home, the day after the suspected murderer attempted suicide with carbon monoxide poisoning.  

Brian Foley, assistant to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection commissioner, confirmed that the Western District Major Crimes unit had obtained the warrant for the home and conducted the search Wednesday afternoon, NBC Connecticut reported.  

Authorities did not divulge what they were looking for. 

Dulos is awaiting trial on murder charges for allegedly killing his wife Jennifer, who disappeared back in May and has never been found.  

The suspected killer, 52, was found unresponsive in his parked car in the garage of his home after he failed to show up at court for an emergency bond hearing.  

 

Police searched Fotis Dulos’ home on Wednesday, the day after the suspected killer tried to kill himself with carbon monoxide poisoning on Tuesday

A bondsman (pictured) who had been working with Dulos since his first two arrests has come forward revealing he may have been the last person to speak with him before his suicide attempt

A bondsman (pictured) who had been working with Dulos since his first two arrests has come forward revealing he may have been the last person to speak with him before his suicide attempt

Connecticut State Police executed a new search warrant at the Farmington home (above)

Connecticut State Police executed a new search warrant at the Farmington home (above)

Brian Foley, assistant to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection commissioner, confirmed that the Western District Major Crimes unit had obtained the warrant for the home and conducted the search (above) Wednesday afternoon

Brian Foley, assistant to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection commissioner, confirmed that the Western District Major Crimes unit had obtained the warrant for the home and conducted the search (above) Wednesday afternoon

Authorities did not divulge what they were looking for in the latest search

Authorities did not divulge what they were looking for in the latest search 

The latest search comes the same day the mother of Dulos’ allegedly murdered wife Jennifer was seen walking through New York on Wednesday.

It’s the first time she has been seen since her estranged son-in-law’s suicide attempt.

A bondsman who had been working with Dulos since his first two arrests has come forward revealing he may have been the last person to speak with the suspected killer before his suicide attempt. 

Mark Motuxzick, a bondsman for Capitol Bail Bonds, said he spoke on the phone with Dulos just hours before he was found lifeless in his parked car in his garage. 

Fotis Dulos tried to kill himself at his home in Connecticut on Tuesday from a reported suicide

Fotis was awaiting trial for murdering his wife Jennifer

Fotis Dulos was found in his home in Connecticut on Tuesday where he attempted suicide. He was awaiting trial for murdering his wife Jennifer. Prosecutors repeatedly asked for him to be denied bail as recently as last week, but the judge allowed him to remain on house arrest 

The mother of Dulos' 'murdered' wife was seen out in New York Wednesday for the first time since her estranged son-in-law tried to kill himself

The mother of Dulos’ ‘murdered’ wife was seen out in New York Wednesday for the first time since her estranged son-in-law tried to kill himself

Motuxzick told NBC Connecticut Wednesday that the suspected murderer called him at 9:53 a.m. Tuesday morning asking if he could take over the bond that was up for the emergency hearing that Dulos missed later that day.  

‘He asked me what do I need to take over, those were his words, the bail that he’s referring to the $6 million,’ said Motuxzick, who was the first bondsman to try to secure Dulos’ most recent $6 million bond. 

‘I stated that I would give him a call back in a little while because he said he was on his way to his attorney’s office.’ 

He said when he called Dulos back about 40 minutes later at 10:34 a.m., he noticed he sounded different and like he was ‘out of breath’.

‘He was like it’s all set something to that effect,’ Motuxzick said.

‘It sounded like he was working out it was almost like he was kind of I don’t know out of breath.’   

‘Unfortunately I don’t know if it just all got to him at that point and he said to heck with it,’ said Motuxzick. 

The bondsman told NBC Dulos always told him he loved his children and that he had an explanation for the accusations against him but the bond might have ‘put him over the edge’. 

‘Whatever happened along the way with the bond being posted I think this was possibly a something that just might’ve put him over the edge,’ Motuxzick said. 

Fotis Dulos, 52, was found unresponsive in his parked car in the garage of his home (above) after he failed to show up at court for an emergency bond hearing

Fotis Dulos, 52, was found unresponsive in his parked car in the garage of his home (above) after he failed to show up at court for an emergency bond hearing

Dulos remains in a 'dire' condition in the hospital, his lawyer said on Wednesday after appearing in court for a bond hearing without him

Dulos remains in a ‘dire’ condition in the hospital, his lawyer said on Wednesday after appearing in court for a bond hearing without him

The mother of Dulos’ ‘murdered’ wife was seen out in New York Wednesday for the first time since her estranged son-in-law tried to kill himself.  

Gloria Farber, Jennifer Dulos’ mother, was spotted heading into a New York hotel the day after Dulos’ suicide attempt.  

Farber, dressed in jeans, trainers and a navy jacket with the hood up, was using a walking cane and appeared to be smiling. 

She was given full custody of the children Jennifer and Fotis Dulos share after she filed a custody motion the same day Fotis was arrested for evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in relation to Jennifer’s disappearance. 

She continues to care for them in her Upper East Side apartment on Fifth Avenue.

At one point, Farber’s apartment was being guarded by armed security. 

Gloria Farber (pictured), Jennifer Dulos' mother, was spotted heading into a New York hotel the day after Dulos' suicide attempt

Gloria Farber (pictured), Jennifer Dulos’ mother, was spotted heading into a New York hotel the day after Dulos’ suicide attempt

Farber, dressed in jeans, trainers and a navy jacket with the hood up, was using a walking cane and appeared to be smiling

Farber, dressed in jeans, trainers and a navy jacket with the hood up, was using a walking cane and appeared to be smiling 

Farber (in a car) was given full custody of the children Jennifer and Fotis Dulos share after she filed a custody motion the same day Fotis was arrested for evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in relation to Jennifer's disappearance

Farber (in a car) was given full custody of the children Jennifer and Fotis Dulos share after she filed a custody motion the same day Fotis was arrested for evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in relation to Jennifer’s disappearance

Fotis Dulos remains in a ‘dire’ condition in the hospital, his lawyer said on Wednesday after appearing in court for a bond hearing without him.  

The company which insured his $6million bond and got him out of jail reneged on it on Tuesday. 

Sources told DailyMail.com he was ‘losing his mind’ at the prospect of having to go back into custody and that he tried to take his own life because of it. 

On Tuesday night, he was airlifted to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where he remains in a ‘perilous’ condition. 

On Wednesday,  New York bail bondsman Ira Judelson went to Stamford to offer up the bond. Dulos’ attorney Norm Pattis was also there. 

The judge issued a warrant for Dulos re-arrest and added $500,000 to his bail. In practical terms, it puts the case on hold until he is no longer in a critical condition.  

Fotis Dulos is transported into Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx on Tuesday after attempting to kill himself with carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage in Connecticut before a court appearance

Fotis Dulos is transported into Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx on Tuesday after attempting to kill himself with carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage in Connecticut before a court appearance 

Fotis is filmed being put into a helicopter at UConn Health in Connecticut on Tuesday

Fotis is filmed being put into a helicopter at UConn Health in Connecticut on Tuesday

Emergency workers are shown trying to revive Fotis Dulos at his home in Farmington, Connecticut, on Tuesday. Officials said he tried to poison himself with carbon monoxide in his garage

Emergency workers are shown trying to revive Fotis Dulos at his home in Farmington, Connecticut, on Tuesday. Officials said he tried to poison himself with carbon monoxide in his garage 

Fotis was found in his car inside his garage. The exhaust pipe he used to try to kill himself is shown attached to his vehicle

Speaking after the hearing, Pattis said he never anticipated his client would try to take his own life. 

‘A lawyer’s commitment is to be a shepherd to his client and to walk them through the valley of the shadow of death…

‘Sometimes you make a call where you think your client is self destructive. That is based on the best judgement you can see.

‘I saw nothing that made me believe that so I look back and wonder what I missed,’ he said outside court.  

Dulos, 52, had been on strict house arrest since last Thursday and could only leave his mansion to see a lawyer, a doctor or attend a religious service. 

He faced the prospect of having his $6m bond revoked at emergency court hearing Tuesday over doubts over the equity of the real estate assets he put up as security.

Pattis said that the potential for bond revocation was ‘devastating’. 

Fotis was due in court at noon on Tuesday, but when he failed to show up, police were asked to check on him at his home.  

Dulos' attorneys Norm Pattis (right) and Kevin Smith (left) in court on Wednesday at the bond hearing

Dulos’ attorneys Norm Pattis (right) and Kevin Smith (left) in court on Wednesday at the bond hearing 

Pattis with Stamford State's Attorney Richard Colangelo after the bond hearing on Wednesday

Pattis with Stamford State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo after the bond hearing on Wednesday

They arrived and saw him through a window, sitting in his vehicle in the garage, showing ‘obvious signs of medical distress’. 

They broke into the car to drag him out into the fresh air and perform CPR. He was then taken to UConn Health via ambulance where he remains in a critical condition. 

He was airlifted to the hospital in the Bronx to have treatment in a hyperbaric chamber, later in the afternoon.  

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is used to raise the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood and to reduce carbon dioxide levels as quickly as possible in cases of acute carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The patient typically lies down on a stretcher before being slid into a giant acrylic tube before the pressure is raised and oxygen is pumped inside.

Medics say serious carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to severe long-term cognitive damage, raising the prospect that Fotis could have suffered irreparable brain damage.

Dulos is shown being wheeled into Jacobi Medical Center after the air ambulance on Tuesday

Dulos is shown being wheeled into Jacobi Medical Center after the air ambulance on Tuesday

He is expected to be put in a hyperbaric chamber to increase the oxygen levels in his blood and decrease the amount of carbon monoxide in his system

He is expected to be put in a hyperbaric chamber to increase the oxygen levels in his blood and decrease the amount of carbon monoxide in his system

‘There’s a real possibility of permanent brain damage and damage to the heart. He may never be the same again,’ a friend told DailyMail.com.

‘Of course that raises the question of whether he will ever be fit to stand trial or provide answers about Jennifer’s death. It’s a tragedy for both families.’

Pattis told NBC that his main concern for his client is that he may never recover. 

‘Not once did I consider he was at risk of suicide,’ he said.

‘He was held up to the world as a man who murdered his wife… I think the weight of it is difficult to bear. I don’t think that people who haven’t been accused can understand the savageness of the criminal justice system. 

‘People have a presumption of innocence in this country for a reason and all the folks who harped on Mr Dulos can take some grim satisfaction from today’s event. My message to each and every one of them is – shame on you.’  

A woman, who has not been named publicly but has been identified by local outlets as a friend of Fotis and local businesswoman whose signature is on his bond, went to the house at 11.18am. 

It is unclear if she got inside or if she spoke to him. 

The call to police for a wellness check did not come in until 11.54am. It is unclear if she has any significant role in what happened on Tuesday. 

Friends told DailyMail.com that Fotis had ‘lost his mind’ on house arrest. 

‘Fotis was calling people up and telling them he was losing his mind being stuck at home,’ a friend told DailyMail.com. 

Police are refusing to confirm whether or not Dulos left a suicide note.  

‘He was so desperate to get out of the house he even tried to schedule an impromptu meeting with his legal team just as excuse.

‘He was told in no uncertain terms that it would be a violation of his house arrest unless he had permission.

‘The prospect of having his bond revoked and being locked up again would have sent him completely off the rails.’

The friend added, ominously: ‘If he tried to kill himself once, he will try it again. As far as Fotis is concerned, he definitely isn’t going to jail.

‘He gives the impression he’s in control and that he’s a tough guy but he’s terrified of being locked up.’

There was initial confusion over Dulos’ condition. When he was found, multiple media sources reported he was dead.  

Doctors shielded Dulos behind a sheet as he was stretchered onto a chopper to be taken to a different hospital

Doctors shielded Dulos behind a sheet as he was stretchered onto a chopper to be taken to a different hospital

Dulos is shown being removed from the ambulance and wheeled towards the air ambulance

Dulos is shown being removed from the ambulance and wheeled towards the air ambulance 

Jennifer’s family are also believed to have been told that he was dead after he tried to kill himself.   

Fotis faced the prospect of going to jail on Tuesday. 

The company which insured his $6million murder bond, Palmetto Surety Company of Columbia, South Carolina, had expressed doubt over some of the collateral he offered and they wanted to revoke it. 

DailyMail.com understands that on Tuesday morning, New York bail bondsman Ira Judelson was asked by Fotis’ team if he would step in to replace Palmetto should they back out. 

Judelson said he’d agreed but was then blind-sided by news of Fotis’ apparent suicide attempt. 

Fotis was awaiting trial on murder charges for the death of his wife Jennifer, who vanished last May after dropping their five kids off at school. 

Fotis and Jennifer were in the middle of a contentious divorce and custody battle when she vanished and Fotis was swimming in debt. 

TIMELINE OF THE FOTIS DULOS CASE 

2004: Fotis Dulos and Jennifer Farber get married. It is his second marriage 

In the same year, her father Hilliard starts loaning him money for his property business, Fore Group. 

2015: Fotis and Michelle Troconis start taking trips he paid for which he claimed were for business. They later start an affair. 

January 2017: Hilliard Farber dies 

March 2017: Gloria Farber takes over his estate 

June 2017: Jennifer files for divorce, saying she is afraid of her husband 

February 2018: Gloria Farber sues Fotis Dulos for unpaid loans 

May 24 2019: Jennifer vanishes after dropping off her five children at school 

June 2019: Fotis and Michelle Troconis  are arrested for evidence tampering

Gloria Farber files an order for custody of the children. 

August 2019: Troconis ‘turns’ on Dulos in police interviews, admits she lied when she said she had an alibi for him 

September 2019: Fotis is arrested again for evidence tampering 

January 2020: Dulos and Troconis are charged with murder

January 28: Dulos is found unresponsive at his Farmington home  

He always denied having anything to do with his wife’s death and vowed to fight the charges.   

Prosecutors repeatedly asked for him to be denied bail including as recently as last week, but the judge allowed him to remain on house arrest. 

He was accused of attacking Jennifer in the garage of her rented home in New Canaan in May after she returned from dropping their five kids off at school.

Police never found her body, but they did find pools of blood in her garage which someone had attempted to mop up and clean. 

They also found traces of her blood in her car – which was later found abandoned in a parking lot – and in the vehicle Jennifer was driving on the day she vanished. 

Fotis and his then girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were also allegedly filmed on surveillance footage dumping trash bags at various locations in Connecticut which were later found to contain traces of Jennifer’s blood. 

Troconis initially gave her boyfriend an alibi and said they had been together all morning. 

She then flipped her story in a second interview with police and, according to arrest affidavits, said he’d given her an ‘alibi script’.  

Fotis maintained that he was innocent. 

He said police had no evidence against him and at one stage, his lawyer Norm Pattis suggested Jennifer had killed herself in a Gone Girl-style plot to exact revenge on him. 

The suggestion sickened her friends and family who said she was afraid of him. 

In their divorce papers, Jennifer said she was afraid her husband would hurt her. She described him as a brutally strict parent to their children. 

It has since emerged in unsealed arrest affidavits and search warrants that their nanny described seeing him chase her through their home. 

The nanny also said Jennifer once told her Fotis had tried to run her over. 

It was Fotis’ second marriage. A Greek native and competitive wake boarder, the pair got married in 2004. 

The scene outside Dulos' home in Farmington, Connecticut, where he is believed to have tried to take his own life by inhaling carbon monoxide in his garage before a court date which could have sent him to jail

The scene outside Dulos’ home in Farmington, Connecticut, where he is believed to have tried to take his own life by inhaling carbon monoxide in his garage before a court date which could have sent him to jail 

The scene in Dulos’ garage on Tuesday after he was found in his car having tried to kill himself

Cop cars were seen parked outside the mansion in the hours after he tried to take his own life

Jennifer came from a wealthy family and her parents, Hilliard and Gloria, embraced him. 

After they got married, Hilliard started giving Fotis loans to bolster his real estate development business. 

Hilliard put up the cash for him to buy properties and flip them. 

When he sold them for a profit, he repaid his father-in-law the loan plus interest.

Their marriage started to disintegrate in 2017 when, according to court papers, Dulos had an affair with Troconis. 

Michelle Troconis, Fotis' live-in girlfriend, is also awaiting trial for murder

Michelle Troconis, Fotis’ live-in girlfriend, is also awaiting trial for murder

She filed for divorce and sought immediate custody of all five kids. He disagreed and they were granted shared custody until the end of the divorce proceedings. 

‘I am afraid of my Husband. I know that filing for divorce, and filing this Motion will enrage him. 

‘I know he will retaliate by trying to harm me in some way,’ she said. 

He was still allowed to keep seeing them under supervision, however. 

In February 2018, Jennifer’s mother Gloria filed a lawsuit seeking $2.5million from her estranged son-in-law. She said he owed it to her family’s estate in unpaid loans from her late husband, who by that point had died.

Fotis fought it. He moved Michelle Troconis into his palatial mansion in Farmington,  one of many homes he owned under his property company. 

On May 24, a week after an unsuccessful attempt by Fotis to have unsupervised visits with his children, Jennifer vanished without a trace. 

She dropped the kids off in the morning but then missed several appointments in New York City which raised the alarm with friends and family. 

Her car, a Chevrolet Suburban, was found not far from her home, abandoned in a parking lot. They found her phone there but there was no sign of her. 

Police combed surveillance footage and phone records from the state and, specifically, from where Fotis had been.  

It revealed crucial gaps in the timeline of the morning Jennifer vanished. 

Dulos phone remained in the area of Farmington throughout the day.  

Financial decline: $7m in debit and funneling insurance payments

The desperate state of Fotis’ finances were revealed in court documents after he was charged.

He was $7 million in debt, was lapsing on loan interest payments and funneling money from his and his wife’s joint checking account into his own personal account.

By the end of May 2019, at the time Jennifer disappeared, Fotis’ total outstanding debts at added up to $4.5 million, in addition to mortgages taken out on his various properties, the documents say.

Fotis and Jennifer were married between 2004 and 2017

Fotis and Jennifer were married between 2004 and 2017

He also faced lawsuits from Jennifer’s own mother, Gloria Farber, who accused him of failing to pay back various loans. Fotis had claimed they were gifts that he wasn’t obliged to repay.

In early 2019, Fotis began scrambling to inject cash into the main bank account of his business Fore Group.

He opened a new line of credit with People’s United Bank as he maxed out an existing credit line with the Savings Bank of Danbury, investigators say.

In March, April and May, he missed interest payments on the People’s United Bank loan, which totaled about $530,000, according to documents.

Then in April 2019, he received a wire for $149,500 from a cash advance operation based in Utah — the type of high-interest loan that businesses turn to in moments of desperation.

It was during this time period that Fotis received three checks from Chubb Insurance Group totaling $193,610.50 and made out to ‘Fotis and Jennifer Dulos.’

Bank records show that all three checks were deposited into a joint checking account held by Fotis and Jennifer, but that Jennifer did not sign any of the checks.

Following each deposit, the funds were immediately withdrawn and deposited into Fotis’ personal bank account, some of which was then transferred to the Fore Group account, according to investigators. None of the insurance money went to Jennifer.

Investigators say that each of the Dulos’ five children had a trust fund established by Gloria and her late husband, Hilliard Farber.

‘In the event of Jennifer’s disappearance, and in the subsequent event that Dulos gained custody of his children, Dulos would have expected some level of access to the children’s trust funds,’ cops wrote in the warrant affidavit.

Divorce turns ugly as they battle for custody of children

Fotis met Jennifer when they were students at Brown University, and the couple married in 2004.

He went on to complete an MBA in finance at Columbia University, and worked as a builder and developer of luxury homes in Connecticut’s Farmington Valley.

The couple raised their five children in a massive $4.2 million mansion in Farmington – a palatial 15,000-square-foot residence with six bedrooms and 7.5 baths.

But investigators say that behind the opulent facade lurked dark secrets.

Jennifer had filed for divorce in 2017 and moved out of the Farmington mansion. The divorce battle turned ugly as the pair battled for custody of their children.

Court documents filed in the divorce case say Jennifer feared Dulos would harm her in some way in retaliation and she noted he had a gun.

Jennifer's rented home in New Canaan where she vanished on May 24

Jennifer’s rented home in New Canaan where she vanished on May 24

Jennifer had primary custody of the children with their father getting to see them every other weekend.

After Jennifer went missing, Dulos asked the divorce case judge to grant him custody of the children.

Jennifer’s mother Gloria filed a custody motion on the same day Fotis was arrested for evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in relation to her disappearance.

Her mother was given full custody and continues to care for them in her Upper East Side apartment on Fifth Avenue.

At one point, Garber’s apartment was being guarded by armed security.

Dulos had attempted to visit his children on the weekend that his estranged wife went missing but was turned away by the private security.

Extensive search for Jennifer’s body and the explosive evidence against Dulos

Despite extensive searches, Jennifer’s body has never been found after she was last seen dropping the children off at school in May.

Investigators are convinced that she is deceased.

It emerged in court documents that Chief Medical Examiner James Gill had determined that Jennifer likely was killed by ‘some combination of traumatic, blunt-force injuries such as a bludgeoning/beating, and/or sharp-force injuries such as a stabbing/slashing.’

Gill concluded there was so much blood loss – evidenced by bloodstains at her home, apparent cleanup efforts and blood spatter analysis – that there was no way Jennifer would have survived without medical treatment.

Fotis Dulos in his first mugshot

Michelle Troconis in her first lawyer

Fotis Dulos in his first mugshot (left) and Michelle in hers (right)

It took eight months for murder charges to be brought against Fotis in his estranged wife’s case.

His arrest warrants listed a wealth of physical evidence, including trash bags and zip ties covered in Jennifer’s DNA.

The warrants also reveal why investigators are so convinced that Jennifer is dead -including a complete lack of financial and cell phone activity following her disappearance and extensive blood stains discovered in her Land Rover and home.

Police say they have surveillance video from Hartford allegedly showing Dulos in a pickup truck with girlfriend Troconis disposing of garbage bags of items, some of which were later recovered and found to be stained with Jennifer’s blood.

Sources told the Hartford Courant that police later recovered blood-soaked sponges and a Vineyard Vines shirt that Jennifer was wearing when she went missing.

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 disappeared; surveillance video of Dulos getting the truck washed and detailed days after she vanished; and evidence that Jennifer’s DNA was found on the truck’s passenger seat, according to the warrant.

A page from the hundreds of warrants show the list of the blood stains found inside Jennifer's garage

A page from the hundreds of warrants show the list of the blood stains found inside Jennifer’s garage

Dulos is shown on May 29 withdrawing $500 cash before visiting a car wash to clean his employee's car on the day Jennifer vanished

Dulos is shown on May 29 withdrawing $500 cash before visiting a car wash to clean his employee’s car on the day Jennifer vanished 

Surveillance footage (pictured) shows the last known images of Jennifer driving home, where police say Dulos 'lay in wait', after she dropped her children at school at around 8am on May 24

Surveillance footage (pictured) shows the last known images of Jennifer driving home, where police say Dulos ‘lay in wait’, after she dropped her children at school at around 8am on May 24

State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr. said in court last year that Jennifer’s blood also was found mixed with Dulos’ DNA on the kitchen sink faucet of her home in New Canaan.

In the warrant, authorities alleged that Dulos drove an employee’s red Toyota Tacoma truck to New Canaan, lay in wait for Jennifer to return home from the school run and later drove her body away.

Shortly after 8am, Jennifer was pictured arriving home from the school run. ‘This photograph is the last known photograph of Jennifer alive,’ the warrant states.

Sometime in the next two hours police say ‘the crime and clean up’ takes place. At around 10.20am, Jennifer’s SUV was seen leaving her house but police claim that Dulos was driving the car. It is unclear where the Toyota Tacoma was at this stage. Dulos was then allegedly picked back up by surveillance cameras at 11.20am, in the Tacoma again, making his way back to Farmington. He is not thought to have gone home, instead driving to a property which he owned. He then had lunch with Troconis at 1.30pm.

The most explosive claims in the warrant came from Pawel Gumienny, the employee whose Toyota Tacoma truck Dulos allegedly used.

Gumienny told police that on May 24 he drove one of Dulos’ cars – a Ford Raptor – to New Canaan for a job. It was common for him to use his boss’s vehicles, he said. His car, the red Toyota Tacoma, was at Dulos’ home in Farmington.

Gumienny said that at 2.30pm, he received a text from Dulos asking when he would be returning to ‘the office’ and he responded 4.30pm. When he arrived at Dulos’ home, his boss was not there. He then found Dulos, Troconis and his truck at a different property where they appeared to be ‘cleaning’.

Dulos asked him to help him shuttle some other vehicles there back to his home. By the time Gumienny got back to the property for his Tacoma truck, Troconis had vanished with the keys, he said. Dulos, he says, then urged him to keep his Raptor for several more days but Gumienny declined, saying he wanted the Tacoma back.

Five days later on May 29, Gumienny was surprised to learn that Dulos and Troconis had taken his Tacoma truck to be washed without his knowledge.

Over the course of the following days, Dulos urged Gumienny to remove the Tacoma’s seats and replace them. He described Dulos as insistent and ‘pushy’, to the point of Dulos growing angry that he had not yet changed out the seats. In future conversations, Dulos, he said, referred to the seats as hardware.

The tribute outside Fotis home in Farmington to Jennifer, the wife he is accused of murdering

The tribute outside Fotis home in Farmington to Jennifer, the wife he is accused of murdering 

By May 31, when police first encountered Gumienny at Dulos’ home, he had switched out the backseat of his truck with seats from a Porsche, which belonged to Jennifer.

When interviewed, Gumienny said that Dulos instructed him to do it and that he also instructed him to get rid of the Tacoma’s seats.

Gumienny told police that when he asked Dulos why he was so adamant about changing or getting rid of the truck, Dulos provided a story that on May 12, Mother’s Day, he hugged Jennifer during a visit to her home.

Dulos claimed that because his estranged wife had been missing for days and no suspects were named, he was worried police might find a ‘hair’ in the backseat and try to link him to her disappearance.

Suspicious, Gumienny said he decided to keep the Tacoma’s original seats and gave police permission to test them.

Police said they found a ‘bloodlike substance’ containing Jennifer’s DNA, despite Dulos’ alleged attempts at cleaning the car as seen in surveillance video from Russell Speeders Car Wash.

Fotis and his attorneys, however, have previously argued that Jennifer is not really dead. They have argued she likely faked her own death and planted blood in an attempt to frame her estranged husband for murder.

The ex-girlfriend and a civil attorney: The other two charged in Jennifer’s disappearance

Kent Mawhinney, Dulos' civil attorney

Kent Mawhinney, Dulos’ civil attorney

Dulos’ girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and his friend and civil attorney, Kent Douglas Mawhinney, are charged with conspiracy to murder for their alleged roles in plotting and covering up Jennifer’s death.

Dulos and Troconis had previously been charged with evidence tampering and obstruction in Jennifer’s disappearance.

Dulos’ criminal attorney has previously proposed that Mawhinney could provide an alibi that cleared him of wrongdoing.

Troconis is accused of helping him dispose of evidence on the day of Jennifer’s disappearance. They were both captured on surveillance disposing of the items that tested positive for Jennifer’s blood.

Mawhinney is accused of digging a grave and stocking it with lime before she disappeared. The grave was later discovered and found not to have been used.

According to arrest warrants, Mawhinney had a prearranged meeting with Dulos on the morning of his wife’s disappearance, was at Dulos’s office and had his cellphone with him.

He also was mentioned in what police described as ‘alibi notes’ found in the trash at Dulos’ business, according to the warrants.

Mawhinney once represented Dulos in lawsuits filed by Jennifer’s mother, who claims Dulos never repaid her late husband for about $3 million in loans he gave Dulos to develop expensive homes.

Mawhinney is charged in another case with sexually assaulting his estranged wife in South Windsor last year and violating a protective order. He has pleaded not guilty.

In court documents in those cases, Jennifer told authorities she believed Mawhinney was plotting to have her killed and Dulos made contact with her as part of the plot. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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