Judge denies Dulos defendant’s latest motion to remove GPS ankle monitor
The former attorney charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the disappearance and presumed death of Jennifer Dulos will have to keep wearing his GPS ankle monitor while out on bond. A judge denied Kent Mawhinney’s request to have the device removed Friday afternoon, according to the Stamford Superior Court clerk.
The court appearance came after Mawhinney and his attorney, Jeffrey Kestenband, missed a hearing on the motion last week because they were in the wrong courtroom.
In the newest motion to remove GPS monitoring, Kestenband said Mawhinney is not a flight risk. The motion stated that his immediate family lives in Connecticut, he has no passport, and he doesn’t know any foreign languages. It also said the case has garnered so much attention, Mawhinney would be recognizable anywhere if he tried to flee. The motion also pointed out that he’s traveled outside Connecticut multiple times with the court’s permission and had no violations.
The ankle bracelet has caused “undue embarrassment and anxiety” to Mawhinney and interfered with employment opportunities, according to the motion. It said Mawhinney has the ability to teach power skating lessons to teenage ice hockey players, but the bracelet prevents him from being able to wear an ice skate. Mawhinney previously requested the bracelet’s removal so he could get a job as a referee for local ice hockey games, but that motion was denied.
Mawhinney was arrested in the case on Jan. 7, 2020. He’s accused of trying to provide a fake alibi for his friend and former client, Fotis Dulos, on the morning Jennifer Dulos disappeared. Police believe that on May 24, 2019, Fotis Dulos was “lying in wait” for his estranged wife at her house in New Canaan and attacked her in the garage before disposing of her body. Jennifer Dulos’ remains have never been found, but she is believed to be dead. Fotis Dulos died by suicide just a few weeks after he was charged with Jennifer Dulos’ murder and kidnapping. That left Mawhinney and Fotis Dulos’ girlfriend at the time, Michelle Troconis, as the remaining defendants in the case.
Troconis has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, evidence tampering, conspiracy to commit evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. Jury selection concluded last month with six jurors and six alternates chosen to begin hearing evidence in the trial on Jan. 8. The prosecution previously said they may call Mawhinney as a witness in Troconis’ trial.
Mawhinney was initially held on $2 million bond following his arrest on Jan. 7, 2020, and remained in jail until Oct. 19, 2020, when the state agreed to lower his bond to $246,000. He was released with the condition of GPS monitoring and appeared to have no issues for about two years. But on Oct. 3, 2022, the judge raised Mawhinney’s bond to $1.5 million after Mawhinney was accused of tampering with his ankle bracelet. He remained in jail until Dec. 15, 2022, when the judge lowered his bond back to what it was and put Mawhinney on home confinement. That condition was then lifted in May.