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Fotis Dulos’ mother-in-law wins bitter court battle for Farmington estate, his sister shunned from property

The lawyer for Fotis Dulos’ mother-in-law had asked a judge to appoint a caretaker for Dulos’ sprawling Farmington mansion Thursday, just hours before he was pronounced dead, and Your Content has exclusively learned that a Hartford Superior Court judge granted the motion. 

“The Court finds that, given the death of Fotis Dulos, the risk of waste or loss to the property is substantial in the absence of an appointment of a receiver and accordingly such an appointment is warranted,” the court order exclusively obtained by Your Content reads.

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“The appointment is limited to 1. Providing security for the subject property through the employment of a security company as Mr. Guiffria deems reasonable, 2. To ensure that utilities are supplied to the property, and 3, to take all other reasonable steps to ensure that the property does not suffer from waste or loss.”

Fotis’ sister and other relatives who traveled from Greece have dubbed the estate their “safe haven,” according to a local watchdog who resides in the area.

“Rena considers the home her ‘safe-haven’ while in the states,” the local divulged. “The rest of the family just flew in, literally. It is highly doubtful that they have proof of being part of that household. It would be a simple phone call from Gloria to police and authorities would have them removed at once unless they can show mail or proof of residency.”

According to a second neighbor, the locks at the estate were changed today. There is a telephone status conference scheduled for Feb. 4 between the parties.

Gloria Farber, the mother of Dulos’ estranged wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos, had filed the motion Thursday when Dulos was still in critical condition, suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, before his death just after 5:30 p.m.

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The court filing requested the previous listing agent on the home, Robert M. Giuffria, Jr., to be assigned as the receiver, since he is familiar with the property.

“His condition is deemed to be critical, and it is unknown whether or not Fotis Dulos will survive or what his mental or physical capacity will be in the event he does survive,” attorney Richard P. Weinstein wrote Wednesday in a motion obtained by the Hartford Courant.

Fotis’ sister from Greece, Rena, filed court papers seeking to block the appointment of a caretaker for his Farmington home, citing plans to remain there while dealing with the fallout of his death by suicide. The request was denied, according to court documents.

The saga that riveted the nation came to a rapid end for Fotis on Jan. 28. He was due in court for an emergency bond hearing but didn’t show. When authorities tracked his whereabouts from an electronic GPS monitoring anklet, they discovered he was idle in the home. 

Police were dispatched to swarm Fotis’ estate, but arriving officers found what they least expected: Fotis Dulos unresponsive in the garage of the home. Officers began to administer CPR. He was rushed to a local hospital. Shortly thereafter, he was airlifted to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. 

Fotis was pronounced dead at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 30.

On June 1, the case garnered international attention when Fotis & his former mistress-turned-girlfriend, 44-year-old Michelle Troconis, were arrested and charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the mother-of-five’s disappearance.

Authorities previously said they located video surveillance that appeared to show the two dumping bags of evidence, including sponges, clothing, and other material inside trashcans in a four-mile radius. Despite the initial claims that authorities located over 30 bags in a four-mile radius, they ultimately found a fraction of what was heavily speculated, according to the charging documents.

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Their short-lived release was cut short on Jan. 7, 2020, when Fotis & Michelle were re-arrested for charges pertaining to the alleged murder of Jennifer Dulos. 52-year-old Kent Mawhinney, a Connecticut based attorney, was also arrested and charged in connection to the disappearance of the mother-of-five.

They were all released from custody after posting bond. Michelle was transported to a local hospital after sources say she suffered from “mental or heart issues.”

Mawhinney remains behind bars in lieu of $2m bond. Fotis was released on $6m bond and placed under house arrest pending the outcome of the trial. There was a hearing scheduled for Jan. 28 to determine whether Fotis’ bond would be raised due to an alleged violation, but he was rushed to the hospital that day and died two days later.


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