Alleged co-conspirator in Dulos case will not have GPS ankle monitor removed

An alleged co-conspirator in the case of missing New Canaan woman Jennifer Dulos has been denied a request to have his GPS ankle monitor removed.

News 12 Staff

May 18, 2021, 5:07 PM

Updated 1,097 days ago

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An alleged co-conspirator in the case of missing New Canaan woman Jennifer Dulos was denied a request to have his GPS ankle monitor removed.
Mawhinney was in custody for nine months on $2 million bond after being charged with conspiracy to commit murder in January 2020 for Dulos' disappearance and presumed death. But in October, just a few weeks after meeting with investigators in the case, the court reduced his bond and ordered GPS monitoring as a condition of his release.
The prosecution later said Mawhinney would likely testify against co-defendant Michelle Troconis at trial.
In court Tuesday, attorney Jeffery Kestenband argued Mawhinney has not been able to make a living since his arrest a year and a half ago when he lost his law license. Kestenband said Mawhinney now has an opportunity to referee adult hockey games in the Hartford area, which could earn him up to $1,000 a week.
However, Mawhinney can't wear hockey skates with the GPS ankle monitor.
“This isn't a situation where he could walk into a store or some other job and just apply given the nature of the charges he has pending against him,” said Kestenband. “And also, just the general notoriety that this case has received.”
Assistant State's Attorney Dan Cummings objected to removing this condition, citing the seriousness of the charges and that Judge John F. Blawie had denied a similar request from Troconis. She had asked to go skiing with her daughter.
“There are many defendants who come through this court who are able to find gainful employment while being monitored,” said Cummings.
Investigators say the two conspired with Fotis Dulos to kill his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos. The mother of five was last seen dropping her kids off at school in New Canaan on May 24, 2019.
Judge Blawie ruled continued GPS monitoring was "necessary and appropriate." He asked if there was any way to modify a skate to allow the monitor and suggested working with those who monitor the device to see if there was anything that could be done.
Troconis has a remote hearing on May 25.



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