A Gilbert Detective Crossed the Line to Turn Doug Grant’s Wife’s Bathtub Drowning Into a Murder Case

This is Part 2 of a two-part story. Read Part 1 here.


It's September 24, 2008, seven years to the day since Faylene Grant tumbled off a cliff in Utah.

Faylene survived the mysterious fall, only to drown in her bathtub three days later after ingesting enough of the sleep drug Ambien to knock her out.

As a reporter approaches his home in Graham County, Faylene's widower Doug is weeks away from going on trial for her murder.

Grant has been out on bond since spending two weeks in jail after his July 2005 arrest.

He lives with his current wife, Hilary, and three of his four children in rural Pima (population 2,000), a few miles from the county seat of Safford.

Grant's nutritional-products company, Optimal Health Services, is on Center Street, the town's main drag.

New Times knocks on the front door of Grant's spacious home, a few blocks from his business.

The door opens, and Grant appears. Small and fit, he's dressed in a polo shirt with an OHS insignia and pressed khakis. Grant is cordial, yet guarded, saying that his attorney, Mel McDonald, will kill him (interesting choice of words) if he speaks about his case, much as he'd like to.

But the 42-year-old agrees to let the reporter in, so long as discussing Grant's case remains off limits.

Hilary Grant steps into the front room and introduces herself with a firm handshake.

Prosecutors will portray her at trial as the "other woman," an alleged motivation for murder given that Doug married her just three weeks after Faylene's death.

But on this day, she's just a friendly 27-year-old in blue jeans and a baggy T-shirt. Hilary snuggles up to her husband of seven years on a love seat after offering refreshments.

She says she relies on her immediate family and her faith — she's a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — for strength.

"Doug and I are not anything fancy," she says. "We are about family, kids. This is our life."

While tidy and clean, the Grant home feels lived in, as well it should with two athletic boys (now 12 and 10) and 5-year-old daughter Navaeh bounding about.

A tour of the home includes a stop in the bedroom of Marley and Braven, Doug Grant's sons by Faylene (an older son by Doug's first wife lives elsewhere).

A photograph of Doug and Charles Barkley from the 1990s is tacked to a wall, a reminder of their dad's tenure as team nutritionist for the Phoenix Suns.

Photos of the boys with their late mother sit prominently on their dressers, near shots of their adoptive mother Hilary with other family members.

Only one room reveals any hint of the dark cloud that has been hanging over Doug Grant since his arrest.

He calls it the "war room" because everything in it concerns the sprawling case against him — the to-do lists scribbled on a chalkboard in one corner, the police reports, the legal papers, the DVDs.

Copies of Faylene Grant's diaries — key evidence in the case — are under the glass top of a coffee table in the middle of the room.

People who leave behind letters or journals (Faylene did both) often are alerting the world to look toward a certain culprit should they wind up dead.

Faylene didn't do that.

In her final months, she did endlessly reveal her steadfast belief that she would die soon. She wrote it in her diary. She said so in conversations and letters to close friends and family and to both Doug and Hilary.

Faylene, as far New Times could discover, didn't say how she believed her death would occur, but the devout 35-year-old Mormon woman claimed to know why it would happen:

God was calling her to Heaven.

Her diaries and her comments to others suggest that she was happy with her life with Doug, whom she had unexpectedly and suddenly remarried in July 2001 after being divorced from him for about a year.

But despite Faylene's apparent marital bliss — "I love you with all my heart and soul. You are my best friend!" she wrote to Doug three weeks before she died — her overwhelming sense that her life would soon end never went away.

Her death "revelations" started months before she reunited with Doug, and Faylene told a dear friend earlier in 2001 that she was afraid to get involved with a new love interest because she didn't want to make him a young widower.

Things took an even stranger twist after she and Doug got married, as she became obsessed with putting her affairs in order before God took her.

On top of that list was Faylene's effort to urge Doug and Hilary DeWitt to get married as soon as she died.

"I have asked Hilary (invited her) to sit at the table as your mother while I am away," Faylene wrote to her children shortly before her death. "She is a great woman and will love you all so much."

In another journal entry, Faylene described how she would be awaiting the arrival of Doug, Hilary, and all their collective children in Heaven — called the Celestial Kingdom in the LDS faith.

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17 comments
Scooter Pie
Scooter Pie

These comments droning about shoddy journalism were posted before the trial got into full swing. Since then, we have seen many of the Prosecution's own witnesses refute the testimony Sy ray provided to the Grand Jury making Mr. Martinez look completely inept. Also, for those following the trial, Sy ray hasn't even testified and the Defense has already started. Looks like it wasn't shoddy journalism after all and Sgt. Ray used this railroading to get a promotion. The GPD let him do this, proving they are all a bunch of bumbling douche bags.

Tom
Tom

Rubin's obvious bias toward grant is so obvious its beyond silly. You have tom read between the lines to read the facts; the evidence; and when you do that its pretty obvious what happened. The love of money is the root of all evil; and murder is the ultimate evil.

Bob
Bob

From other articles i have read; jim Mcelyea was set up by the eaves with the promise of a loan to get him out of safford for his and his boys safety. The loan was a hoax;the police needed a direct confession from grant and they set up this guy who; according to the news article; had been hounded by the eaves to testify. even though they had mcelyea draw up a business plan on how the money would be used to start a new business in another state. Sounds like he may have grounds for libel from this publication.

john
john

For the sake of time, which part of the article WASN'T biased? You don't know Doug Grant, you are some lame wanna be journalist. If you'd like to get to know some TRUTH about Doug Grant, please visit this website: http://www.topix.com/forum/cou...

You're probably not MAN enough to post this on your site, we'll see.

Daren
Daren

Once again your journalism is found wanting. I can't believe you still have a job after this. Bigotry abounds. Who cares if she is a "Mormom". What religion is everyone else in the story? Oh, I forgot, it doesn't matter. The fact is that 99% of us believe in a God and Heaven and Hell. So big deal if some of the players are "Mormon" in this story.

Next, where are the opinions of the victims family, and the prosecuting attorneys. This story came out because the defense probably asked you to write it to help Doug Grant in the minds eye of the public. This is not balanced journalism. It is a crucificion of a detective trying to do his job and it is done purely by the defense to try and show how incompetent the detective was as a defense for Doug Grant. Whether or not the detective was incompetent, which I think he was, does not preclude Doug Grant's innocence or guilt. Fair and balanced journalism is what it is, and this is definitely not fair or balanced. I hope you get fired for not doing your due diligence.

In the end Doug Grant will be convicted because the prosecutors wisely did not give their case away in a biased, slanted, news article. You will look like the foolish writer you show yourself to be.

Amanda Rigby
Amanda Rigby

I have read these stories about the death of Faylene Grant with great interest. They were VERY thought-provoking. I obviously have no idea if Mr. Grant is guilty as charged or not, though my gut tells me that he's only guilty of being a self-centered ass. I am very troubled by the actions of Detective Ray. My brother in law is a detective with a local agency (not Gilbert) and after reading the story said that, if the writer is being factual, Detective Ray ought to be bumped back to patrol ASAP rather than be promoted and praised. If you're going to "get" someone, get them clean, not the way he's trying to railroad this defendant. Let me also send my condolences to Faylene's family for their loss. Whatever happened, it was a tragedy.

P. Dantic
P. Dantic

SEE I CAN TYPE IN ALL CAPS TOO!

s
s

Some of you make me sick. A woman has lost her life, children have lost there mother due to deciet , lies and manipulations, and all you can say is, boy what crooked cop.

Let's not overlook the fact; A young beautiful woman lost her life to a man that is more capable of understanding how meds affect our body then most. And while she continued to die her husband is coming and answering the door, suppositly in a panic. Obviously the man knew CPR, he is a qualified something right? You don't leave giving CPR. People have done Cpr to strangers for hours waiting for help & this man who loved this woman so much he married her twice, gave him 2 additional children, STOPPED doing CPR to come to the door.???? The police, emergency staff. DO NOT wait patienly at the door. They bust in. As well as a neighbor, she doesn't just wait for someone. I think this is Sad Journalism.

They only people in Vegas when they got married the 2nd time ; was Doug, Faylene and ther 2 beautiful boys. WHERE DO YOU THINK THESE PICTURES CAME FROM? DOUG.

DOUG.

DOUG!!!!

Since Faylene is no longer with us, and the boys I'm sure r not readers of the New Times yet.

SO ALL OF YOU READERS, DON'T YOU THINK THIS IS A LITTLE SLANTED. DOUG GRANT IS MANIPULATING THE PUBLIC JUST LIKE HIS WIFE. AND YOU WONDER HOW IT HAPPENED TO HIS WIFE;

IT JUST HAPPENED TO YOU.

david saint
david saint

Im actually still shaking my head in disbelief about this story..they can actually lie at grand jury proceedings? Isnt that the basis for the steriod/athlete convictions, perjury?? I cant even begin to fathom how this POS is getting away with lying to a grand jury, or even how a case with more holes than a civ could actually get this far..and here i thought the whole part of the process was to find the truth and punish the criminal..guess its to help ignorant, worthless cops have a chance at promotions...

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Isn't this the same Doug Grant associated with Don Lapre and the Greatest Vitamin in the World? If so, where is the background on that?

M
M

I have read with interest the story of Doug and Faylene Grant. The whole thing is so far from the life our Father in Heaven wishes for us. Our time here is to be spent proving ourselves, proving our commitment to Our Father and loving those around us so they might learn of His plan for us.

My understanding is that if infidelity occurs in a marriage the person committing the act must show repentance by abandoning any relationship he/she has with another person. Never will a relationship developed through infidelity be recognized by our Father as one worthy of Celestial sanction.

I am so sorry for Faylene�s duping. I am so sorry that she missed the chance to raise her children; that she allowed the man she loved to convince her that she didn�t need to live, that he and a 19 year old child could do a better job of parenting than the heavenly ordained mother of those children could. With all Faylene�s prayer and study, I am surprised that she could believe she had the authority to �invite� an adulterer to sit at her table. While it is our responsibility to forgive those who trespass against us, only God can wash them clean and extend the invitation to sit at His table.

My prayers for the spirits of all misguided souls to turn God for truth and to listen to His voice for the answers, I pray that we won�t allow our selfish desires to confuse the simple truth that Our Father has given us. I am truly sorry that this unfortunate event ever occurred, but since it has, we need trust that God can make it right. Romans 8:28 �All things work together for good to those that love the Lord.�

Signed � MRS- New Mexico

Mike M
Mike M

What a horrible horrible display of journalism. You talk of a bad cop; what about a bad jounalist. Did you even allow the defense to give any input or even a statement? You should be fired for such a one sided article when there are real people, families and lives at stake here. Whether Doug is guilty or innocent, both sides should be reported by you.

Robert
Robert

After reading the first part of the story last week I was so anxious to read the second part of this article. All week I have been thinking to myself, and talking to some co workers who also have read the article and the big question we all had concerning this case was how did it even pass through the grand jury??? This is an obvious suicide case! and then this week�s article came out and hit it right on the nose , the answer we were waiting for�. A crooked cop tells a one-sided story to the jury and then lies multiple times to sway the jury to indict Mr. grant�Sergeant Ray sounds like the biggest scum bag crooked cop that has ever walked the streets. He should serve jail time for all of his misrepresentations and lies he told in front of the grand jury... Its funny how he was promoted for "solving a case" whatever happened to innocent until otherwise proven guilty in a court of law??? The only thing that has been solved is that Sergeant Ray is a sorry excuse for a Sergeant and a JOKE of a cop! How long can Mr. Ray and the family of Faylene get away with what they has done to the life of Mr. Grant? It blows my mind how just because of a little gold badge that he can get away with what he wants... how come no one has been brave enough to step up and call him out publicly until now??? Whats taken so long?

J
J

Surely for any student who has taken Psych 101, it's clear that Faylene was using religion as a rationalization to believe her life and kids were Ok with this sick sociopath. For starters, no man who is a sexual addict and cheated repeatedly on his wife is going anywhere near the Celestial Kingdom according to LDS doctrine. Sometimes we just believe what we have to in order to surrvive...My heart goes out to Fay and her family; we surrvived the sociopath in ours but clearly she did not.

Mike Wells
Mike Wells

What's with all the stories suddenly where you point out that the person is Mormon in the headline? How does that really have anything to do with the overall story? It's not like these are polygamy stories, now are they? I don't see you mentioning Arpaio's religion in the stories you write about him, what about that scam artist from last week? His religion wasn't mentioned in the headline either. I don't see Andy Thomas' religion making it into the headlines either.I could understand it when you had the stories on Thomas O'Brien, since his title was related to his religion, and part of the overall story was about how he acted, even though his title should have made him act differently. Making sure to place 'Mormon' near 'murder' in your headlines is just tackySorry, I have been a new times fan for almost 25 years, but this is a little annoying, and I'm not even religious, let alone Mormon.

Sue
Sue

So, let�s see if I�ve got this straight. Doug dumps his YOUNGER girlfriend, and remarries his wife because God is calling her to Heaven. He get�s the kids (without paying child support), the settlement money, and the life insurance money. There is only one stipulation. He has to MARRY the YOUNGER girlfriend after his wife dies. Oh yes, and the wife has never been happier!

Now poor Doug is being tried for murder because a corrupt cop has manipulated the grand jury!

Someone has got to put this fairytale to an end. Hopefully Juan Martinez can do that.

s
s

I DON'T APPRECIATE YOUR COMIC PORTRAYL PICTURES.I THINK THAT THEY ARE A INSULT TO A VERY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.

 
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