Mormon Widower Doug Grant Wasn’t Counting on a Murder Rap When He Followed His Late Wife’s Instruction to Marry His Ex-Lover

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Douger said his sister "deserves where she is. She is very happy, I know that . . . Heavenly Father has a plan, and this is part of it."

Faylene's mother, Glenna Eaves, said at the funeral, "I know that Doug loved her. I'm so grateful that her mission wasn't complete until she got her family back together."

Doug Grant spoke near the end of the service.

"These last two months have been the most incredible months of my life," he said, his voice breaking. "It's been absolutely like living with an angel."

All remained outwardly friendly for a while after Faylene was buried.

But as months passed, some members of the Eaves family began to seriously question the circumstances of her death, and the fall a few days before that in Utah.

"As we got back to Earth, my gosh, it hit all of us. I mean, we all had questions," Glenna Eaves told Detective Sy Ray in early 2002.

Her husband, Doug Eaves, added in the same interview, "We know as sure as the world that [remarriage with Faylene] was more than he could stand. I'm sure it just turned into a hatred."

Unquestionably, the signal event that forever turned the Eaves family against Doug Grant was his marriage to ex-girlfriend Hilary DeWitt, exactly one month after Faylene's funeral.

Everyone in Faylene's immediate family knew Hilary, a striking and sweet-natured young woman.

In October 2000, after Faylene filed for divorce from Doug, her brother Douger had hired Hilary as a receptionist at Grant's company, Optimal Health Systems.

Then based in Mesa, OHS was a family affair. Two of Faylene's siblings, a sister-in-law, and her parents continued to work there, even after she and Doug split up.

The Eaves family knew that Doug had started to date Hilary sometime after she hired on there.

But Doug also continued to play the field. He paid a fee to the Web site LDSSingles.com for months after asking Hilary out.

Yet the relationship with Hilary blossomed over time. She spoke of marrying Doug, which baffled some of her friends and relatives, including Kari Handley, the woman who later repeated the alleged "hips" and "wait for me" comments to police.

Handley told attorney Mel McDonald, in an interview last year, that she'd told Hilary, "He's like a little man. He's old. He's bald. Why? You're beautiful."

Handley said Hilary had replied, "He's sexy and powerful."

Hilary was crushed when Doug abruptly remarried Faylene in July 2001. She punched him in the chest when he broke the news to her, quit her job at OHS, and returned to her parents' home in northern Arizona.

The Eaves family wouldn't learn until after Faylene's death that she'd urged Doug and Hilary to unite as an "earthly" couple after she died.

But they didn't buy it for a second.

Faylene's stepfather, Doug Eaves, told Detective Ray in 2002, "There's no way that any dead woman is gonna make a man feel guilty enough to make a commitment like that in the first place unless he wants to . . . I mean, on this Earth, she could never make him do anything."

The Eaves family also started to wonder about the money Grant stood to collect as a result of his wife's demise. They came to believe that he could collect $860,000 in life insurance money and another $100,000 from Faylene's share of a court settlement in a case involving Doug's company.

Those numbers were exaggerated. The couple had sought to boost Faylene's life insurance from $300,000 to $860,000 shortly before she died (Faylene, not Doug, was pushing the increase, according to their insurance agent, Doug Grant's brother Vaughn).

But Faylene hadn't taken the mandatory medical exam, and the new policy hadn't gone into effect before she died.

Faylene's share from the civil suit was about $12,500 after attorney fees, not $100,000.

A few months after Faylene died, her sister Cherlene Patterson spoke with the Gilbert detective then heading the investigation.

She said Chad White, the physician assistant and an old high school friend, had told her that Doug had been "adamant" about getting a prescription for sleeping pills for Faylene just before she died.

White denied that and has repeatedly told police that he wrote the Ambien prescription after consulting with Doug and Faylene.

But he also said he told Doug not to fill the Ambien scrip without first informing him, which Doug failed to do.

Cherlene became increasingly vocal about her brother-in-law's alleged criminal complicity in her sister's death. She told Gilbert authorities in early 2002 that she had been having dreams related to Faylene's death.

"It was very, very real to me, almost like a revelation and a vision and just knowing that she was murdered," Patterson said in early 2002. "He's sick. He's evil.

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Paul Rubin
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