A Connecticut lawyer and “a close personal friend” of Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of a lacking mom of 5, was arrested this week after courtroom paperwork revealed he could have dug a grave for her.
Kent Mawhinney, a 54-year-old working towards lawyer from South Windsor, was arrested by Connecticut State Police Tuesday for conspiracy to commit homicide in reference to the Might disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.
In accordance with an arrest affidavit obtained by WVIT, Mawhinney was described by police as a “close personal friend” of Fotis Dulos, having beforehand represented him in a civil case together with his estranged mother-in-law.
Maybe probably the most compelling proof got here practically three months after Jennifer Dulos disappeared.
Jay Lawlor, a member of the Windsor Rod & Gun Membership in East Granby, which was based by Mawhinney, instructed police on Aug. 7 that he and a good friend, Lee McKay, discovered a big gap on the property that “100 percent [was] a human grave.”
Lawlor and McKay have been out searching Might 18 after they got here throughout “an area of disturbed ground,” the affidavit states. There was a big gap that was about 2 ft large, 6 ft lengthy and three ft deep with grill grates on high to hide it. The boys additionally famous a big blue tarp and luggage of lime close by.
Unaware of any lacking individuals on the time, the boys did their finest to cowl the outlet so nobody would fall, then moved on.
Days later, a curious McKay returned to search out the outlet partially filed with rainwater, however the lime was gone. The following month, the outlet was utterly stuffed and lined “as neat as a pin” with shrubbery.
In June, an preliminary search of the obvious grave – which had been reported by Lawlor and McKay as odd, nonetheless unrelated to the Dulos case – discovered nothing.
In August, understanding Mawhinney’s connection to the membership and later his reference to Dulos, Lawlor known as police with issues.
Police discovered no proof of human stays after checking the positioning for a second time.
Investigators initially have been flagged to Mawhinney when he grew to become the alibi for Dulos and girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, the morning of the disappearance.
Mawhinney initially denied assembly with the pair however instructed investigators in a subsequent interview that he fell on Might 25 and suffered a concussion. He couldn’t recall a gathering or cellphone contact with Dulos or Troconis the day earlier than.
Cellphone information indicated that Dulos known as Mawhinney the evening his spouse vanished.
“I don’t remember having contact with him. If there’s a phone call I guess I did but I don’t remember having contact with Fotis,” Mawhinney mentioned, in keeping with the affidavit.
His cellphone had to get replaced after it was broken within the fall, Mawhinney additionally claimed.
The lawyer has had earlier run-ins with the regulation. He was arrested twice in 2019; he was accused of raping his spouse on Jan. 21 and was later arrested for violating a protecting order in connection to the primary arrest.
He’s being held on a $2 million bond.
Dulos and Troconis earlier confronted expenses of proof tampering and associated offenses in Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance, however on Tuesday the pair was charged with homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide.
Jennifer Dulos was residing within the tiny city of New Canaan when she disappeared on Might 24. Family and friends stuffed out a lacking individuals kind after they have been unable to achieve her. She was final seen driving a black Chevy Suburban when she dropped her youngsters off at their non-public college. Her automobile turned up in a well-liked park, the place police discovered traces of blood and different proof main them to imagine Dulos was the sufferer of a violent crime. Police additionally mentioned they discovered proof of makes an attempt to scrub up blood and that they might be treating their investigation as a murder.
Fox Information’ Barnini Chakraborty and The Related Press contributed to this report.