Accused in Dulos case to appear in domestic violence court

HARTFORD — Kent Mawhinney will appear on Thursday in a domestic violence case involving his ex-wife that could impact Jennifer Dulos’ proceedings.

Mawhinney, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, will appear in Hartford State Superior Court for the first time since a judge ordered the state’s attorney of Hartford, Sharmese Walcott, to provide detailed responses to the evidence the prosecution has gathered. in domestic affairs.

Lawyer Jon Schoenhorn, representing Michelle Troconis, who also pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and other charges in the Dulos case, sought to find out if Mawhinney negotiated a deal on the domestic charges in exchange for its cooperation in its pursuit of the client.

On the domestic charges, Mawhinney pleaded not guilty to sexual assault of a spouse, disorderly conduct, unlawful restraint in the second degree and breach of a protective order.

Schoenhorn wants all arrest reports and evidence in the domestic violence cases and any other evidence indicating whether Mawhinney made a deal to testify against his client. On January 24, Hartford Superior Court Judge Hope Seeley told Walcott she had one month to provide the court with the information Schoenhorn was seeking.

Mawhinney was originally charged with spousal sexual assault in January 2019. He and his estranged wife were still living together in South Windsor as they prepared to divorce, when the woman reported to police that Mawhinney had forced her to have sex in exchange for rent, court documents said.

Mawhinney was charged a second time in April 2020 with breaching a protective order that was put in place when he was arrested for sexual assault. In the case, Mawhinney’s ex-wife claimed he drove past her home despite being banned from contacting her, according to court documents.

Mawhinney, whose divorce was finalized in December 2020, was a longtime friend and former lawyer of Fotis Dulos, who was embroiled in a two-year contentious divorce and child custody dispute when his estranged wife disappeared in May 2019.

Fotis Dulos died by suicide in January 2020 while facing murder, kidnapping and other charges in the death and disappearance of his wife.

Mawhinney was charged with trying to provide an alibi for Fotis Dulos on the morning of the disappearance, according to his arrest warrant.

According to arrest warrants, Jennifer Dulos was attacked in the garage of her New Canaan home when she returned from dropping her five children off at school on May 24, 2019. Although her body was never found, she is presumed dead by the police and her family.

On the night of the disappearance, Fotis Dulos and Troconis, who was his girlfriend, were captured on Hartford surveillance video making a series of arrests, according to the warrants. Fotis Dulos was seen throwing bags into trash cans, according to the warrants. Some of the bags were later recovered and contained the blood and clothing of Jennifer Dulos, according to the warrants.

Jennifer Dulos’ blood was also found in the seat of a van belonging to one of the Fotis Dulos employees, the warrant says. Police said they believe Fotis Dulos used the truck on the day of the disappearance, according to the warrants.

Mawhinney was arrested in January 2020 and held on $2 million bail until his release in October of that year on a reduced bail of $246,000. The release came weeks after Mawhinney was questioned by state police about Jennifer Dulos, Schoenhorn said in court documents.

A prosecutor said Mawhinney would be one of their witnesses if the Troconis case goes to trial.

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