Connecticut socialite Michelle Troconis has failed in her bid to have damning evidence including ‘alibi scripts’ excluded from her upcoming trial.
The jury for Troconis’s much anticipated trial in connection with the suspected murder of mother-of-five Jennifer Dulos was seated last week with the trial expected to begin in January and last until March.
Now, court documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, show that Stamford Superior Court Judge Kevin Randolph has denied her lawyers’ last ditch attempt to prevent the prosecution from including swaths of evidence on the grounds that the search warrant under which it was obtained was unreasonably broad.
The court granted their motion only in part by excluding the small number of privileged communications between Troconis and her attorneys that were also seized.
Michelle Troconis, pictured arriving in court for jury selection on October 4, had filed a last ditch attempt to prevent the prosecution from including swaths of evidence in her upcoming trial
Troconis – who is accused of helping lover Fotis Dulos kill his wife in 2019 – is currently free on a $2million bond and faces up to twenty years in prison if convicted
Jennifer Dulos vanished in May 2019. Her remains have never been found, but police believe she was murdered by her husband Fotis, with the help of his lover Troconis
Fifty-year-old Jennifer went missing from her home in New Canaan in May 2019.
Her body was never found but blood in her home, garage and car as well as a host of other incriminating evidence led police to conclude she had been violently dispatched by her husband Fotis Dulos, with whom she was embroiled in an acrimonious divorce.
Dulos, 52, was charged with murder but committed suicide while on bail in February 2020 leaving his lover, Troconis, 49, to face six charges including conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence, alone.
The evidence which attorneys for Troconis had argued the jury should not hear includes so-called ‘alibi scripts’ found when police searched the home in which Troconis and Dulos lived at the time of Jennifer’s disappearance.
The documents in both Troconis and Dulos’s handwriting were seized in a search of the couple’s Farmington home that took place across three days in 2019 – a period the defense tried to argue was unreasonably long,
They provided an hour-by-hour account of the couple’s movements on Friday May 24, 2019, the day of Jennifer’s disappearance, and the following day when, police believe, she and Dulos were busily disposing of both the evidence and the body.
The notes included information that surveillance footage and interviews showed to be false.
The Venezuelan native later admitted to police that she had fabricated some of the entries and claimed she did so under Dulos’s instruction.
Troconis made her admissions in one of three separate interviews during which, DailyMail.com can reveal, she changed her story multiple times.
Troconis has long denied having any involvement in Jennifer’s death, but is now due to stand trial on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and other charges
Troconis was seen during a police interrogation a few months after Jennifer Dulos vanished in 2019
Filings obtained by DailyMail.com include a transcript of an interview during which Troconis was shown a picture of a luminol test on the truck interior in which Jennifer’s blood was illuminated by the chemical
According to an affidavit submitted to the court by Detective John Kimball and seen by DailyMail.com the original two-page document included two distinct handwriting styles which were later confirmed by Troconis to be her own handwriting and that of Dulos.
The affidavit states: ‘The Alibi Script was an outline of the activities of Troconis and Dulos for the dates 05/14/19 and 05/25/19 laid out in approximately hourly increments. The original, handwritten Alibi Script was recovered from a trash bin in [Dulos’s business] the Fore Group office and photocopies were in a briefcase.’
The ‘script’ contained information which was ‘nearly identical’ to the information provided by Troconis in her first interview and it represented an account of those days which Dulos and Troconis had, police believe, authored together and which Troconis ‘presented nearly verbatim’ in her first interview.
In her second interview, the affidavit notes, her account ‘diverged’ from the script ‘particularly when confronted with evidence, much of which was known to investigators during the first interview.’
Key to Troconis’s changing story was her account of where Dulos was when she awoke the morning that Jennifer went missing.
Jennifer Dulos said she knew her filing for divorce would enrage her husband
Troconis initially told investigators that the couple had woken up together at 6:40am, that they had been intimate and that she had then made breakfast.
But Dulos’s cellphone information showed that his alarm had gone off at 4:20am and was shut off at 4:21am.
When pressed on this Troconis admitted: ‘So, maybe he wasn’t home’ the entire morning but provided him an alibi for between 6:40am and 8:15am when she claimed she saw him in his office.
It was only when pressed again, that Troconis ultimately stated that maybe he wasn’t at home then either.
During her second interview, after again initially maintaining he was there when she woke at 6:40am, Troconis admitted that she had not seen Dulos at all that day until lunch.
Police believe that Dulos, who was not meant to be alone with Jennifer having threatened her with violence during their contentious divorce, killed her in the garage of her home that morning then disposed of the evidence in trash bags which he dumped in a variety of locations.
Fotis Dulos killed himself in February 2020 while on bail for his wife Jennifer’s murder
Venezuelan socialite Troconis (left with Dulos and right with her daughter) has always denied having any involvement in Jennifer’s death
Her remains have never been found but police believe that at some point her body – or parts of it – was transported in a Toyota Tacoma truck which the property developer had borrowed from an employee and whose front seats he insisted be switched out afterwards.
Traces of Jennifer’s blood was found in the vehicle which Troconis told officers she had witnessed Dulos cleaning.
In one particularly ghoulish admission, Troconis recalled how Dulos met her at an abandoned property he owned the day after Jennifer’s disappearance, apparently on the pretense of wanting the property cleaned.
Once there, she told officers, he attempted to have sex with her up against the passenger door of the truck in which, it is now known, Jennifer’s blood was still spattered.
The interlude was interrupted by an employee and Dulos went to get paper towels to clean the truck’s interior.
Troconis claimed he told her he had spilled ‘coffee’ and described the spillage as ‘brown’ but admitted it did not smell like coffee.
In interview Troconis was shown a picture of a luminol test on the truck interior in which Jennifer’s blood was illuminated by the chemical.
Jennifer Dulos is pictured in a photo released by police when she went missing
Jennifer Dulos went missing in May 2019 and her body has never been found despite extensive searches from investigators. Her husband Fotis killed himself the following January after being charged with her murder
A second officer observes: ‘That’s the man you’re protecting. Because that’s the sick s***.’
Troconis denied protecting Dulos or that she knew she was helping ‘clean up Jennifer’ and stated, ‘I really don’t want to see him ever in my life again.’
But despite her protestations of innocence and ignorance police say they found Troconis’s DNA on garbage bags and tape which also tested positive for Jennifer’s and surveillance footage showed her sitting next to her lover as he drove around allegedly disposing of those bags.
Troconis has been charged on six counts: conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, conspiracy to commit tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution in the second degree.
She is currently free on a $2million bond and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk