STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial against a woman charged in the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos.
Michelle Troconis faces charges of second-degree hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy to commit murder.
Troconis was Fotis Dulos’ live-in girlfriend when he allegedly killed his estranged wife in May 2019 at her New Canaan home.
Farber Dulos’ body has never been found. Fotis Dulos died by suicide after being charged.
The family and friends of Jennifer Dulos released a statement regarding the trial being underway.
“It is hard to believe that almost four and a half years have elapsed since Jennifer disappeared, and she still has not been found. Every day, we miss her voice, her laugh, her gentle demeanor, her inner and outer strength, her insight, her guidance, her determination, her way with words, her love, her faith, her goodness. Many thanks to all who have helped to keep Jennifer’s memory alive.
We are relieved that the trial process is underway, and we are endlessly grateful to the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s office for their commitment, diligent work, and support.”
Two jurors were picked on Wednesday, a man and a woman. There will be a total of 12 people picked — six jurors, and six alternates. There was an initial pool of 30 people Wednesday morning, 21 women and nine men.
Tronocis’ attorney, Jon Schoenhorn, said he anticipates jury selection to take a while.
“This is going to be a slow process,” he said. “It seems that a lot of people have opinions.”
He said he was surprised that jurors were selected.
“I’m sure there will be some people who don’t follow the news at all, and don’t follow it on social media, but it’s too early in the process to know where this is at all heading,” Schoenhorn said.
In August, a court rejected his appeal to unseal documents in the custody case between Jennifer Dulos and Fotis Dulos.
Schoenhorn’s most recent motion is to have 12 jurors. He cited a potential ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that six-person juries are unconstitutional.
“Some of the arguments that I might make are based on the fact that if the U.S. Supreme Court decides that it’s unconstitutional, no matter what happens, it would require a reversal if anything bad were to happen,” Schoenhorn said.
The trial is expected to begin on Jan. 8.