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Friend and Former Lawyer of Fotis Dulos Pleads Not Guilty

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Kent Mawhinney, the friend and former lawyer for the late Fotis Dulos, has pleaded not guilty to a conspiracy to commit murder charged connected to the disappearance of Fotis' missing wife, Jennifer Dulos.

Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five from New Canaan, has been missing since May 24.

State police arrested Mawhinney in January and charged him with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer, who was married to Fotis Dulos and in the process of a divorce when she disappeared. Mawhinney is being held on a $2 million bond for those charges.

Jennifer's estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, was charged with murder, commission of felony murder, kidnapping in the first-degree, hindering prosecution in the first degree and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

He died earlier this month, two days after attempting suicide at his Farmington home.

In the warrant for Mawhinney's arrest, police say he changed his story about his whereabouts leading up to and after Jennifer Dulos’s disappearance.

A note found with Fotis Dulos on the day of his suicide attempt declares he had nothing to do with the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos and that the evidence against him is a “story fabricated by the law enforcement.”

The note also stated that his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, and Mawhinney are innocent, and asks the state to "let them free of any such accusations."

Troconis was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and pleaded not guilty.

Mawhinney is due back in court on March 31.

A  judge has temporarily suspended Mawhinney's law license.

He was also arrested on an unrelated charge in South Windsor, where he was charged with violating a restraining order, sexual assault, disorderly conduct and second-degree unlawful restraint of his estranged wife and has pleaded not guilty to those charges. That case has been continued to April 23.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: Here is information on suicide prevention from the National Institute of Mental Health. If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting ‘Home’ to 741741.

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