Expert witness: Media painted negative picture of Michelle Troconis

Michelle Troconis is the former girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, who was accused of killing his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos.

Mark Sudol

Aug 16, 2023, 11:50 PM

Updated 338 days ago

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The defense attorney for Michelle Troconis has filed new motions in her case.
Troconis is facing charges in connection to the death and disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. Attorney Jon Schoenhorn has filed two motions.
One of them was heard Wednesday. Schoenhorn says he wants to move his client’s case from Stamford to Hartford.
Troconis is the former girlfriend of Fotis Dulos, who was accused of killing his estranged wife. She listened as the court heard arguments for hours today on moving this case to a different jurisdiction.
Schoenhorn brought in Dr. Christine Ruva, the chair of psychology at the University of South Florida today to testify.
Ruva says her research has found jurors can be easily swayed by media coverage in high-profile cases like this, and she believes media reports painted a negative picture of Troconis.
"If jurors are exposed to pretrial publicity before coming to trial, what we find is that the way they interpret and process the trial information is different from jurors who weren't exposed to pretrial publicity," said Ruva.
Troconis will be back Thursday when the court will hear a motion from her attorney to suppress evidence in her trial.
That trial is expected to begin sometime next month.


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