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Offense(s) | Person 1 | Evidence/Property | Reporting Officer's Narrative | Defendant's Remarks


INCIDENT / ARREST REPORT

Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department
711 Jackson Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655

_X_ INCIDENT
___ Juvenile
___ Senior Citizen
___ Gang

___ ARREST
___ Child Abuse
___ Domestic
___ Involved Alcohol

CASE NUMBER:
 000171-14A-2012

Date Reported:
 1/14/2012

Time Reported:
 1:39 AM

OFFENSE:
 TBD

STATUTE:
 TBD

___ Committed
___ Attempted

OFFENSE:
 

STATUTE:
 

___ Committed
___ Attempted

OFFENSE:
 

STATUTE:
 

___ Committed
___ Attempted

Location of Offense (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
 655 North Lamar Blvd., Oxford, Mississippi

Date of Offense:
 TBD

Time of Offense:
 TBD

Location of Arrest (Exact address, include Room/Apt. No.)
 N/A

Date of Arrest:
 N/A

Time of Arrest:
 N/A

Reporting Officer:
 Det. Sam Murphy

Unit Number:
 633

Assisting Officer:
 Det. Ted Armstrong

Unit Number:
 615

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PERSON 1

Type:
 Victim

Category:
 Adult

Foul Play Suspected
 Yes

Name:
 Philip Fontaine

Alias/Street Name/Nickname
 None

Vic/Offender Relationship
 Unknown

Race
 Caucasian

Height
 5' 11"

Weight
 170 lbs.

Hair
 White

Eyes
 Brown

Sex
 M

Shoes
 Black

Jacket/Coat
 Blue

Shirt
 White

Pants
 Blue

Skirt/Dress
 N/A

Age
 64

DOB
 June 3, 1947

Social Security #
 XXX-XX-XXXX

Scars/Marks/Tattoos
 None visible

Injury Extent
 Fatal

Injury Description
 Sharp force wound to abdomen, multiple abrasions and contusions

Address
 655 North Lamar Blvd., Oxford, Mississippi

Res Phone 662-234-XXXX
Bus Phone 662-232-XXXX

Occupation
 Real Estate Developer

Employer/School
 Fontaine Development

Employer Address
 835 North Lamar Blvd., Oxford, Mississippi

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ITEMS OF EVIDENCE/PROPERTY RECOVERED

(1)

Type
___ Damaged
___ Lost
___ Recovered
___ Stolen
___ Taken into Evidence

Item Description
 to be appended upon completion

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REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE (Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense and the arrest.)

Crime Scene Photos

At 1:39 a.m., Dispatch received a 911 call regarding the discovery of a body in the Fontaine residence at 655 North Lamar Blvd. The caller identified herself as Ashley Fontaine, the wife of the victim. 

Unit #221 (Officer Maria Richards) was immediately dispatched to the scene. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy were assigned and proceeded directly to the scene. Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson was notified at Reporting Investigators; (R/Is) request to respond to the scene. A Yoknapatawpha County EMT unit was dispatched and arrived on the scene at 1:48 a.m. Reporting Officer (R/O) Richards arrived on the scene at 1:52 a.m. At R/O's request, Unit #224 (Officer Steve Harding) was dispatched to the scene to provide backup and assistance. R/O Harding arrived at the scene at 2:01 a.m.

Reporting Investigators (R/Is) arrived at the scene at 2:18 a.m. and found that R/Os had secured the area. Environmental conditions at the scene upon arrival are as follows: Weather: Clear; Ambient Exterior Temperature: 27° F / -3° C; Relative Humidity: 69% percent; Ambient Interior Temperature: 62° F / 17° C; Relative Humidity: 57% percent.

R/O Richards made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim, upon R/Is' arrival. R/O stated that an adult female, identified as Ashley Fontaine, met R/O in the driveway of the residence upon arrival. The witness directed R/O to the location of the body in the kitchen of the residence.  After confirming the presence of the body, R/O secured the scene and detained the witnesses. R/O further stated that, to the best of her knowledge, the following personnel have had occasion to enter the crime scene area and must be excluded by CSU personnel: witness Ashley Fontaine, witness Grant Fontaine, R/O Harding, EMT personnel Bill Harcourt and Ned Keller, and herself.

After receiving the report from R/O Richards, R/I Murphy contacted Dispatch regarding the status of the Coroner's Inspector and the Crime Scene Unit. Dispatch indicated the Inspector's ETA was approximately 20 minutes and CSU's ETA was approximately 25 minutes.

R/Is conducted a preliminary inspection of the scene. A body was visible in the middle of the kitchen.  The body was lying on its right side, head to the west and feet to the east. There were broken dishes, kitchen utensils, and multiple pieces of U.S. Mail strewn about the floor.

R/Is then proceeded to the location of the body.  R/Is observed a lifeless human body, a male in middle to late 60s, on the tile kitchen floor. Visual inspection indicated the victim was wearing a navy blue three-piece suit, a white dress shirt, yellow tie, and black cap-toed shoes.  Jewelry included a wedding ring, pinkie ring, tie tack, and pocket watch. The body lay on its right side with the right arm extended at an approximate 45° angle to the body and bent at the elbow at an approximate 45° angle. Clutched in the right hand was a small-caliber pistol.  The area of the stomach and torso, R/Is observed a pool of what appeared to be blood measuring approximately 12 inches by 10 inches.  Visual inspection of the hands revealed contusions and possible broken knuckles. Contusions and abrasions were also visible on the face, left and right arms. A large sharp force wound was visible in the abdomen area.

Coroner's Inspector Johnson arrived at the scene at approximately 3:19 a.m. and joined R/Is at the body's location. Inspector Johnson pronounced the victim deceased at 3:23 a.m. by visual observation that the victim was not breathing and by tactile observation that the victim did not have a palpable carotid pulse. Inspector Johnson noted that rigor mortis appeared to be moderately established throughout the body and that the skin was moderately cool to the touch. Inspector Johnson speculated the victim had been dead less than 8 hours, but withheld an official estimate pending an autopsy. Inspector Johnson stated the cause of death appears to have been exsanguination resulting from a sharp force wound to the abdomen by what appeared to be a large blade, but indicated that further details would be available in the official autopsy report. After Inspector Johnson completed her initial inspection of the body, she stayed with the CSU team to ensure integrity of the body while the team took photographs of the scene and performed preliminary analyses, until the body could be removed from the scene without destroying other evidence.

Following preliminary inspection of the scene, R/Is interviewed witness Ashley Fontaine and witness Grant Fontaine at the scene. Interview transcripts to be appended to this report when available. R/Is left the scene at 4:45 a.m.  Before leaving, R/I Murphy instructed CSU to seal the scene upon completion or end of day suspension of processing. CSU to notify R/Is of progress by the end of this date. As of this filing, CSU is still actively processing at the scene.

Body of the deceased remanded into the custody of Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson. Deceased was removed from the scene at 4:03 a.m. and transported to the coroner's office for autopsy. A preliminary autopsy report is expected within fourteen days of this report.

Evidence remanded into the custody of Forensics officer T. R. Douglas for transport to the state crime lab for routine analysis. CSU is expected to submit an inventory of items taken into evidence within fourteen days of this report, with detailed report(s) of their findings to follow at a later date.

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DEFENDANT'S VERSION/REMARKS (What did the defendant say about the offense or his/her whereabouts at the time of offense?)

N/A

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REPORTING OFFICER

Sam Murphy

DATE REPORTED

1-14-2012

REPORTING OFFICER

//Sam Murphy
Signature

633
Unit Number

1-14-2012
Date

ASSISTING OFFICER

//Ted Armstrong
Signature

615
Unit Number

1-14-2012
Date

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i believe u guys should look more into detail about where the wife and stepson were.. maybe that could help put some evidence together.. or better yet if mr.fontaine walked into a burglery what did the burglerer steal? by some of the evidence you...

i believe u guys should look more into detail about where the wife and stepson were.. maybe that could help put some evidence together.. or better yet if mr.fontaine walked into a burglery what did the burglerer steal? by some of the evidence you already have is it possibe that this might of been done by more then 1 person?

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  1.    mona

thats a very good idea

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  1.    mona

Grant and Ashley got home at the same time, neither had an alibi worth anything, both had motive, both deflected and gave very poor interviews and neither seemed to have any signs of grief for the brutaly murdered husband/father. I dont think it...

Grant and Ashley got home at the same time, neither had an alibi worth anything, both had motive, both deflected and gave very poor interviews and neither seemed to have any signs of grief for the brutaly murdered husband/father. I dont think it is too far a stretch to suggest an affair between Grant and his stepmom, given the 35 year age gap between Philip and Ashley! Grant is bound to have run up some debt relating to drugs and by his own admission would rather not work for a living. Ashley clearly did marry Philip for his youthful good looks! Somethings not quite right!!

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  1.    mona

HE STOLE THE MANS LIFE, BECAUSE THE FUTURE PAYOF WAS FAR GREATER THAN A GOLD WATCH IM THINKIN, MAYBE

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u guys i think you to reconstruct the events like if one of u will be Philip and the other one will be the offender. So u should have the idea on what had happened on the day the crime was committed !!!

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Well Lets see He was wearing 2 ring and a tie tack and no one said anything about missing anything so i would say it was not a robbery . So who can gain by this act? wife, kid ,co worker, or partner in construction? i would be looking at the...

Well Lets see He was wearing 2 ring and a tie tack and no one said anything about missing anything so i would say it was not a robbery . So who can gain by this act? wife, kid ,co worker, or partner in construction? i would be looking at the wife and see if a younger lover is a ? he was way older huh?

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I wonder why the son and wife showed up around the same time. Is it possible that they were together? That's rather funny!

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  1.    jackie

crappy alibis thats all, who else they got, good prediction, i bet your right

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"Clutched in the right hand was a small-caliber pistol." = Did the victime take a weapon himself? Or was the weapon taken in victim's hands by the murderer?

"Visual inspection of the hands revealed contusions and possible broken knuckles....

"Clutched in the right hand was a small-caliber pistol." = Did the victime take a weapon himself? Or was the weapon taken in victim's hands by the murderer?

"Visual inspection of the hands revealed contusions and possible broken knuckles. Contusions and abrasions were also visible on the face, left and right arms." = The victime fought with anyone. Who? Did he fight with the killer? or anyone else?

"A large sharp force wound was visible in the abdomen area." = He was killed with a knife?

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  1.    coralie blue

If he was killed with a knife, why the heck was he holding a gun...? That's another mystery right there, partner....

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The perp had to be living with him or getting something off of his death they took nothing pointing to that conclusion.

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Time of Death: Body temperature, rigor and livor mortis, and stomach contents approximate the time of death between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on 01/13/2012.

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I am not shocked tHAT THIS CASE HAS NOT GOT MORE TRAFFIC THAN IT DOES THIS IS A CASE WHERE THE DETECTIVES HAVE TO TREAD LIGHTLY, SEEMS THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT TOWN KNOW OF THE MANS BUSINESS BUT NO-ONE SEEMS TO KNOW ABOUT DETAILS ON THE...

I am not shocked tHAT THIS CASE HAS NOT GOT MORE TRAFFIC THAN IT DOES THIS IS A CASE WHERE THE DETECTIVES HAVE TO TREAD LIGHTLY, SEEMS THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT TOWN KNOW OF THE MANS BUSINESS BUT NO-ONE SEEMS TO KNOW ABOUT DETAILS ON THE NITE HE DECEASED, HUUM FRIENDS LIKE THAT WHO THE HELLL NEEDS ENEMIES, YA THINK JUST SAYIN, OH WASNT SCREAMIN

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grant fontaines biography says shes the only one he gets on with in the house,hard theres some dodgy going onz ,going on their aye..i reckon their both in on it...

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The damage to his hands indicate that he was in a struggle with either the assailant, or another individual before he was killed. I would certainly check with local hospital emergency rooms to see if there has been anyone seeking treatment for...

The damage to his hands indicate that he was in a struggle with either the assailant, or another individual before he was killed. I would certainly check with local hospital emergency rooms to see if there has been anyone seeking treatment for injuries related to a fist fight. Also, the blood appears to be pooled and not such that may have flowed from the body upon collapse. There could be a person at large with a knife wound indicating that the deceased used the knife in defense from an attacker. Tests should be done to make sure the blood is his and not that of assailants.

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