Seven months after a Connecticut mother of 5 mysteriously vanished from her New Canaan home after dropping her children off at school, her estranged husband has been charged with her murder.
His girlfriend and his civil lawyer were also charged with conspiracy to commit murder, according to a Tuesday press conference by the Connecticut State Police.
On Tuesday, the Connecticut State Police announced that Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend Michelle Troconis had been taken into custody.
Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, confirmed the arrest outside his home in Farmington, NBC New York reports.
Pattis told reporters he had just found out about the warrant for his client’s arrest.
“I’m not surprised the state decided to bring the charge,” Pattis said outside Fotis Dulos’s home, which was swarming with law enforcement.
He says his client is innocent: “I’ll be surprised if they can win it. Mr. Dulos contends that he was not involved and I think the evidence won’t show he was.”
“I haven’t seen the warrant yet but it is my understanding that Mr. Dulos was just arrested and was charged with the crime of murder as to his wife, Jennifer Dulos. It is my understanding … that arrests are simultaneously taking place and that two other individuals are being arrested,” Pattis stated.
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Fotis Dulos is at Connecticut State Police Troop G in Bridgeport, where he will be processed.
He is being held on a $6 million bond, according to a release from the Connecticut State Police, while Troconis is being held on a $2 million bond. Dulos and Troconis were previously charged with evidence tampering in connection to the disappearance of his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos. Both pleaded not guilty to those charges.
Fotis Dulos’ civil lawyer, Kent Mawhilley, is being held on $2 million bail.
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Jennifer Farber Dulos vanished on May 24. Bloodstains were found in the garage of her New Canaan home, indicating a violent struggle, say police.
Shortly thereafter, her black Chevy Suburban was found abandoned near a local park several miles away.
Police allege that Fotis Dulos was lying in wait for his estranged wife on the day she died, court documents show.
She and Fotis Dulos were involved in a contentious divorce and custody battle.
Attorneys for Fotis Dulos and Troconis did not immediately return PEOPLE’s calls for comment.
A statement from Jennifer Dulos’ friend Carrie Luft on behalf of her family and friends reads, “Above all we thank the Connecticut State Police and the New Canaan Police Department, as well as the assisting local departments, for their tireless commitment and diligent, painstaking work that have led to these arrests. Although we are relieved that the wait for these charges is over, for us there is no sense of closure. Nothing can bring Jennifer back. We miss her every day and will forever mourn her loss.”