Hilary was a stunning 19-year-old secretary at Grant's company, which then was based in Mesa. She had started dating Doug in the fall of 2000, and the two were an item up until the day of his startling remarriage to Faylene on July 27, 2001.

Doug heeded his wife's weird instructions and married Hilary just three weeks after Faylene was buried in Mesa. The act immediately ratcheted the suspicions and ire of Faylene's family.

Now, seven years later, Doug Grant stands accused of murdering Faylene as her three youngest children slept nearby in their home on East Michelle Way in Gilbert.

Gilbert police detective Sy Ray
Gilbert police detective Sy Ray
Veteran county prosecutor Juan Martinez
Veteran county prosecutor Juan Martinez


By the summer of 2005, Gilbert police Detective Sy Ray had persuaded county prosecutors to move forward against Doug Grant.

Ray was confident of his case, even though his potential star witness, extortionist-turned-police-snitch Jim McElyea, had failed to lure a confession from Doug months earlier (see Part 1 of this story, "Death Wish," in last week's issue).

Ray also had interviewed Doug for more than seven hours in July 2002 at the Gilbert police station without squeezing a confession out of him.

On July 12, 2005, the detective and Deputy County Attorney Frankie Grimsman appeared before a county grand jury in downtown Phoenix.

Ray would be the state's only witness.

The one-sided, closed-door proceedings usually are legal breezes for prosecutors, who only have to show "probable cause" that a crime was committed.

Detective Ray began by testifying about the "fairly serious relationship" between Doug Grant and Hilary DeWitt in the summer of 2001.

"And did he in fact spend a weekend in Las Vegas with Hilary DeWitt?" Grimsman asked him.

"Yes, that's correct," Ray replied, saying that the couple had stayed at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on the weekend of July 14.

Ray said Doug and his then-ex-wife Faylene had flown to Texas one week after that to attend a settlement conference involving a civil case in which both were plaintiffs. During that trip, Ray said, Doug and Faylene broached the possibility of reuniting as a couple.

Faylene then traveled to San Diego to pray about it at an LDS temple, because the Mesa temple was closed for repairs.

Ray said Doug and his two sons by Faylene joined her in San Diego a few days later to learn of her (and God's) decision firsthand:

"They . . . decided they would remarry," the detective testified. "Drove directly from San Diego to Las Vegas. [It was] back to the Riviera, where they were married that weekend."

This is the same hotel where Doug and Hilary DeWitt supposedly had stayed a few weeks earlier.

Grimsman asked whether Doug spoke with Hilary after the remarriage.

"This is from Mr. Grant," Ray said. "That he spoke to Hilary. He explained to Hilary that he was concerned about her, didn't want her to get back together [with] an ex-boyfriend in the area. Told her just to be patient, wait for him. To watch a movie by the name of First Knight."

The detective gave his synopsis of the 1995 film and how it related to the murder case at hand:

"Lancelot and Guinevere are actually having an affair while she is married to King Arthur. [Grant] explains himself to be similar to the role of Guinevere and Hilary is Lancelot. Faylene would be King Arthur."

(Actually, Lancelot and Guinevere weren't having an "affair" in this version of the Arthurian legend, though Lancelot did have deep, if guilt-ridden, feelings for her. Arthur catches the pair in a passionate embrace after what was supposed to be a goodbye kiss, which leads to a charge of treason against both. But Arthur later is wounded in battle, and he asks Lancelot on his deathbed to "take care of her for me." He seems to mean both Guinevere and Camelot.)

Ray testified that Doug Grant said there had been an illustration of Lancelot on a wall at the Excalibur in Las Vegas, which "kind of got the whole thought started with him."

But the detective claimed that Doug and Faylene had not stayed at the Excalibur and that there wasn't any record of the couple "using the wedding chapel to be married there."

The detective alleged that Faylene Grant's life insurance policy had jumped from $300,000 to $860,000 just before her death, and Doug was its sole beneficiary.

But in response to a question from the prosecutor, Ray said the extra $560,000 hadn't been paid out because the policy had not yet been formally approved.

Grimsman asked Ray if Doug had been aware of the status of Faylene's policy.

"It's unclear what his actual understanding [was]," Ray said.

Briefly, the detective got into Faylene's nasty spill in Utah on September 24, 2001: "While they were hiking, Faylene is standing out on a ledge and accidentally falls off."

Ray said the Grants flew home on the afternoon of September 26. Doug soon phoned physician assistant Chad White and requested a house call for his injured wife.

White came by and gave Faylene a shot of a "muscle relaxer" and wrote prescriptions for Soma (another muscle relaxer) and the painkiller Darvocet.

"As Chad is preparing to leave, Doug explains to Chad that [Faylene] is having trouble sleeping," Ray told the grand jury. "Any chance Chad could also prescribe a sleeping medication?"

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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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