‘I expect to prevail’: Michelle Troconis’ attorney gets hearing to argue for GPS removal
STAMFORD — Michelle Troconis will not have to wait much longer for a judge to hear her attorney’s argument for the removal of the electronic monitoring device she has been required to wear since being charged in the Jennifer Dulos case.
Attorney Jon Schoenhorn was notified Monday that his client’s appearance in state Superior Court in Stamford has been moved up to Aug. 28 when a judge will address the series of motions he has filed in recent months.
The notification came after the state's Appellate Court ordered the lower court to schedule the motions for a hearing before Sept. 4.
“I’m finally getting a hearing,” Schoenhorn said. “I expect to prevail. I have compelling reasons why these conditions should be removed.”
Troconis last appeared in court in February before the COVID-19 pandemic stalled most judicial functions in recent months.
In an interview with Hearst Connecticut Media on Monday, Schoenhorn said his client’s safety was at risk when her probation officer apparently required her to find a place to charge the GPS monitoring device at the height of last week’s tropical storm.
Schoenhorn said his client lost power during the storm and was told by the probation officer to find a place to charge the device because the battery was running low.
“She had to drive for an hour to find somewhere with electricity,” Schoenhorn said. “I can’t imagine anything more punitive.”
It wasn’t the first time Schoenhorn has complained about the probation officer.
In a letter written last month to Judicial Branch officials, Schoenhorn contended the probation officer has questioned “the reason for legal meetings that take place outside my office.”
“If he incorrectly believes that he is acting in accordance with the law, I ask you to put a stop to this practice,” Schoenhorn wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media.
Schoenhorn also contends that if the probation officer is sharing information on his client’s whereabouts with law enforcement, it would “constitute a direct interference with my representation.”
For months, Schoenhorn has been trying to get a judge to hear motions related his client’s release on bond. Schoenhorn has even appealed to the state Appellate Court, which denied his request to address the motions.
Schoenhorn filed a second request when his client’s August court date was postponed to Oct. 1, asking the Appellate Court to order Judicial Branch officials to remove the electronic monitoring until a Superior Court judge can hear the motions.
The Appellate Court issued an order Aug. 7, granting Schoenhorn's request to have the hearing on the bond conditions held in a timely manner. The Appellate Court did not rule on the motions. The hearing in Superior Court will now happen later this month.
Troconis and attorney Kent Mawhinney, who was also charged in January with conspiracy to commit murder, are the remaining defendants in the case.
Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, died Jan. 30 from an apparent suicide as he faced murder, kidnapping and other charges in the case.
According to arrest warrants, police believe Fotis Dulos used an employee’s pickup truck to drive from his Farmington home to New Canaan the morning of May 24, 2019. Police said Fotis Dulos parked the truck near Waveny Park and rode a vintage French bicycle to his estranged wife’s home on Welles Lane.
According to arrest warrants, Fotis Dulos was “lying in wait” when his estranged wife returned from dropping off their children at school. Police said Jennifer Dulos was the victim of a “serious physical assault” and has been presumed dead based on the blood evidence found in her garage, the arrest warrants state.
Around the time Jennifer Dulos was reported missing that night, police said Hartford surveillance cameras captured two people resembling Fotis Dulos and Troconis making a series of stops along Albany Avenue.
The man was seen dumping trash bags and a license plate that was later discovered to be registered to Fotis Dulos, according to arrest warrants. The bags contained Jennifer Dulos’ blood and clothing, the arrest warrants state.
Video also captured Fotis Dulos and Troconis taking the employee’s pickup truck to a car wash in Avon a few days after police believe Jennifer Dulos was killed, according to arrest warrants. Police later discovered Jennifer Dulos’ blood on one of the vehicle’s seats, arrest warrants state.