(WTNH) — Michelle Troconis, who’s been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the case of missing New Canaan mom Jennifer Dulos, has released her first and only statement regarding the case on Thursday.
Troconis’ criminal defense attorney, Jon Schoenhorn, says she has been wanting to speak out for a while, but the court dates kept getting pushed back.
They say they are ready to move forward with the case, but that the state is tying their hands as they wait for the release of evidence.
Troconis says she is sad for the five Dulos children, losing both parents within the last year. She says she made a mistake in trusting their father, Fotis Dulos.
Troconis spoke in Spanish, her native tongue. She says that a year after the disappearance of her late ex-boyfriend Fotis Dulos’ estranged wife Jennifer Dulos, there is still a lot she wishes she could say. But on the whereabouts of Jennifer Dulos, Troconis says she knows nothing about what may have happened to her.
READ/WATCH: Troconis’ full statement was translated into English by Schoenhorn’s office from an audio recording which was made in Spanish.
My name is Michelle Troconis. For the past year, people have said– Michelle Troconis
Many things about me – some kind; some cruel. I was advised by my
Lawyers to remain quiet and rely on the justice system, which is
Very frustrating for me because there is a lot I would wish to say.
It has been nearly a year since I first heard about the disappearance
Of Jennifer Dulos. As a mother, I am saddened for the loss that these
Five children have suffered, being left without both parents in such
A short period of time.
But despite the way I have been treated by the police, I know nothing
About Jennifer Dulos’ whereabouts or what may have happened to
Her. I know that under American law, I don’t have to prove my
Innocence, but actually to me it feels that way, during all this time
While under public scrutiny.
To those who are quick to judge people they do not know, let me say
This: it is possible to misjudge others. Whether or not Fotis Dulos
Was capable of doing the things the police and prosecutors accused
Him of doing, I do not know. But based on what I have learned in the
Last year, I think it was a mistake to have trusted him.
“We’re sitting here month after month after month. Now we’re being told we can’t even get into court until August,” said Criminal Defense Attorney Jon Schoenhorn Thursday. “So it’s been frustrating for her. She’s wanted to say something.”
Hartford-based Schoenhorn took on Michelle’s case after she was charged with conspiracy to commit murder earlier this year. He has been dissatisfied over months of waiting for the state to turn over evidence in the case.
“The entire defense and investigation is on hold,” he said, “I am missing a substantial amount of evidence.”
The state Division of Criminal Justice told News 8 last week that the Stamford Superior Court was closed due to the pandemic, and Troconis’s case is being treated no differently than any other.
Schoenhorn contends the state should have access to copies of the evidence he needs to prepare for trial, whether or not the courthouse is open.
Schoenhorn has said English is Troconis’s second language–he’s seeking access to recordings of interviews she gave police to judge if her statements were mistranslated.
As for Troconis, she says she doesn’t know if Fotis Dulos was capable of murdering Jennifer as prosecutors allege, but with a year to reflect, the South American former sports correspondent says she now believes trusting him was a mistake.