The attorney for Michelle Troconis, who’s charged in connection to the disappearance and death of Jennifer Dulos, wants the entire Stamford/Norwalk State’s Attorney’s Office disqualified from her case and the future trial moved to a new venue. Attorney Jon Schoenhorn filed a motion for that during a brief hearing at the Stamford courthouse Tuesday. It comes in response to prosecutors’ attempt to remove Schoenhorn as Troconis’ counsel.
Troconis arrived at court Tuesday morning with her parents, sisters and other supporters. It was her first time appearing in person, rather than virtually, in about two years since she no longer lives in Connecticut. Presumably, it was to watch Schoenhorn fight the disqualification motion filed by the state last week, which said Schoenhorn may be called as a witness to testify at his client’s trial, creating a conflict of interest. Instead, that will be addressed at a hearing Nov. 29, along with Schoenhorn’s reciprocal motion to disqualify, not just the state’s attorney’s office, but also the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad.
At issue is how Schoenhorn obtained a box of potential evidence with a sweatshirt that may be connected to Jennifer Dulos’ presumed murder by her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, who killed himself in January 2020 while pending trial. He was Troconis’ boyfriend at the time. His suicide left her and fellow co-defendant Kent Mawhinney to be prosecuted in the case. Troconis is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, evidence of tampering, conspiracy to commit evidence of tampering and hindering the prosecution.
“The motion to disqualify that was filed against me last week was based on a clearly attorney client privileged statement that was given to an attorney. The state police took that statement, photographed it, made use of it, and that is the sole basis for the motion