STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The trial for Michelle Troconis, charged in connection with the disappearance and death of Jennifer Farber Dulos, a New Canaan mother of five, entered its fifth day Thursday.
Day 4 of Troconis trial: Nanny for Jennifer Farber Dulos testifies; alternate juror dismissed
On Wednesday, Lauren Almeida, the children’s current nanny, who was also in the role at the time of Farber Dulos’ disappearance, recounted the moment she realized something might be wrong with Farber Dulos and in need of help.
“The second I called Jennifer, my stomach just sank.,” Almeida said. “She would never not answer her phone. I started calling people who could have heard from Jennifer.”
On May 24, 2019, the day Farber Dulos disappeared, Almeida was with four of the kids, picking them up from school, giving them lunch, and driving them to an appointment in New York City, where Farber Dulos also had appointments.
It was once she was in New York City that Almeida said she jumped into action.
The Jennifer Farber Dulos case: Michelle Troconis trial timeline
Jon Schoenhorn, Troconis’ defense attorney, objected to much of Almeida’s testimony, citing hearsay and saying examples referenced happened well before Troconis was in the picture.
“Much of this, again, has nothing to do with Michelle Troconis,” Schoenhorn said. “It has to do with what either Fotis Dulos said, what a third party said. Much of it is hearsay.”
Prosecutors allege Troconis, Dulos’ live-in girlfriend, was with him when he drove around Hartford disposing of evidence and was with him when he washed a truck to clear it of evidence.
Troconis has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence. She has denied any involvement in Farber Dulos’ disappearance.
During a break on Wednesday, an alternate juror said “We love you!” to one of the assistant state’s attorneys helping the state in the presentation of exhibits, according to the judge.
The judge dismissed him, leaving four alternates.
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