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Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 3:46 a.m.

Ashley Fontaine, the victim's wife

The witness, Ashley Fontaine, is the 29-year-old wife of the victim. She was interviewed at her residence, 655 North Lamar Boulevard. The interview was recorded on a portable tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Ashley Fontaine

Detective Murphy: We appreciate your help, Mrs. Fontaine. For the record, could you please state your full and address?

Ashley Fontaine: Ashley Mathers Fontaine, and I live here, 655 North Lamar. Is this going to take long? I'm so distressed about this whole situation. I just cannot believe he is gone.

Detective Murphy: We're sorry to trouble you at such a difficult time, but we do have some questions we must ask you

Ashley Fontaine: Anything to help. Philip and I were very close, you know.

Detective Armstrong: With your cooperation, we can get this over with in no time. Just some routine questions. Would you like a tissue?

Ashley Fontaine: Yes, thank you. It's just that with us being in the Social Register and all‒being, you know, so prominent around town‒Philip's death presents added difficulties for us.

Detective Murphy: Why is that?

Ashley Fontaine: Grant and I are deeply grieving right now, and with this being in the press and all, the whole town will be, you know, looking at our family very closely. I'm not used to living life in a fishbowl, Detective.

Detective Murphy: Well, I think the people of Oxford will be very sympathetic with you, Mrs. Fontaine. After all, it's not as if you're involved in any way in your husband's death.

Ashley Fontaine: Me? Involved? Why would you think that?

Detective Murphy: I meant that your friends and everyone in town will likely feel very sympathetic towards you because of your very tragic loss. There'd be no reason for us to be suspicious of you, would there?

Ashley Fontaine: Thank you, Detective Murphy. I'm so distressed I can't think straight right now.

Detective Armstrong: We're just asking routine questions here, the same we'd ask of anyone else. Tell us what happened today.

Ashley Fontaine: Well, Philip left for the office early this morning‒about 7:00, like he always does‒and came home around dinnertime.

Detective Armstrong: What time would that have been?

Ashley Fontaine: Around 6:30 p.m.

Detective Armstrong: Did you notice anything unusual?

Ashley Fontaine: Philip did seem extra agitated. He's been under so much stress at work lately, especially with that obnoxious Bruno Coleman trying to stop the development.

Detective Armstrong: Mr. Coleman and Mr. Fontaine were having difficulties?

Ashley Fontaine: They've had difficulties for almost 20 years. That Coleman has always been jealous of Philip and out to get him.

Detective Murphy: Did Mr. Coleman make any threats against your husband?

Ashley Fontaine: Philip didn't say, but he didn't tell me a lot about the business. But he could have.

Detective Murphy: Who was in the house when your husband arrived?

Ashley Fontaine: Me, of course. And our son Grant. And the maid, Raquel. Raquel Santos.

Detective Armstrong: What happened next?.

Ashley Fontaine: Philip came home about 6:30 or 6:35, and then the phone rang. Philip was on the phone for a few minutes.

Detective Armstrong: Did he say anything to you after the phone call?

Ashley Fontaine: No. Nothing. He seemed even more upset, that's all.

Detective Armstrong: And then what happened?

Ashley Fontaine: I released Raquel early, and then we had a nice, pleasant family dinner like we always do.

Detective Murphy: What happened after dinner?

Ashley Fontaine: We all chatted a bit, and then Grant left to go out with some friends, and I left shortly thereafter to go see some friends of mine.

Detective Murphy: What time was that?

Ashley Fontaine: Around 7:30.

Detective Armstrong: Now, Mrs. Fontaine, you know we're going to talk to other members of the household, including your housekeeper and maintenance man.

Ashley Fontaine: Raquel and Joey? Why would you want to talk to them? Don't bother. They're just servants. They don't know anything.

Detective Murphy: Routine procedure. Is there anything they might tell us about the events that took place this evening that you might be forgetting? Just to keep our records straight.

Ashley Fontaine: No. Wait, maybe Philip did say something to me about Raquel. Yes, Philip did say that Raquel had seemed upset when he saw her earlier, but I'm not really sure what he was talking about. I mean, Raquel and I did have a discussion earlier in the day, and then Philip and I had a discussion about that discussion, but I really can't remember any more. I'm sorry I can't help you any further on that.

Detective Armstrong: A discussion. I see. Just a few more questions, if you don't mind.

Ashley Fontaine: That's fine.

Detective Murphy: What did you do after dinner?

Ashley Fontaine: I left to be with friends of mine for the evening.

Detective Armstrong: Who might that have been?

Ashley Fontaine: Some good friends from college. I felt so bad; I couldn't remember anyone's name.

Detective Murphy: Where did you go?

Ashley Fontaine: Well, let's see. We just went to a friend's house for a while.

Detective Murphy: Which friend's house did you go to?

Ashley Fontaine: I don't remember right now, Detective. I'm so distressed I just can't think straight. Yesterday and today are such a blur. I'm sorry. I really just don't remember where we went.

Detective Murphy: You don't remember?

Ashley Fontaine: No.

Detective Armstrong: Doesn't that sound odd to you, out with old friends on the night your husband was killed and you can't remember any names or where you were?

Ashley Fontaine: I was with friends! Just ask any of them. They'll tell you where I was. Philip and I had a very good marriage. Please, Detective, are we almost done? This is very, very distressing for me so soon after Philip's death.

Detective Murphy: I understand, Mrs. Fontaine. A few more questions and we'll wrap up for now. What time did you arrive home tonight?

Ashley Fontaine: I'd say it was around 1:00 a.m.

Detective Murphy: Did you have anything to drink?

Ashley Fontaine: Sure. My friends and I had a good time. I'd had a few drinks.

Detective Murphy: Was your stepson, Grant, with you?

Ashley Fontaine: He wasn't with me, but he came home at the same time. We arrived in the house together.

Detective Murphy: Did you notice anything unusual about Grant?

Ashley Fontaine: Well, he seemed distracted. I can tell you that. The rehab programs have been a failure as far as keeping him clean, the poor boy.

Detective Murphy: Did you notice anything else about Grant?

Ashley Fontaine: I saw a nasty cut on his arm. I asked him about it, but he didn't remember anything about it. He told me it didn't hurt.

Detective Murphy: So you don't know how the cut got there?

Ashley Fontaine: No, I really have no idea what happened to him.

Detective Murphy: So you and your stepson returned home. Then what happened?

Ashley Fontaine: After we got done in the garage, we went in. The house was a shambles. Philip's belongings‒all of our precious belongings had been gone through. It looked like somebody had come in looking for something, and they had to go through the entire house looking for it.

Detective Murphy: And then what did you do?

Ashley Fontaine: Poor Grant was so distraught he walked around in a daze, touching everything and moving things around.

Detective Murphy: And what happened then, Mrs. Fontaine?

Ashley Fontaine: I was in a state of shock, just walking around the house not understanding how or why someone would want to do this to us.

Detective Murphy: Go on.

Ashley Fontaine: I walked through the living and dining rooms, and then I entered the kitchen. Oh, it was awful, just awful to see him like that!

Detective Murphy: Your husband?

Ashley Fontaine: Yes. To see Philip like that in the kitchen, lying there, all splattered with blood. He had been stabbed and had bruises on his body. Are we almost done?

Detective Murphy: Almost, Mrs. Fontaine. Was your stepson with you when you found your husband in the kitchen?

Ashley Fontaine: No. Grant was in another room.

Detective Murphy: Did you call out to him?

Ashley Fontaine: Yes. I just shrieked until Grant came to the kitchen. I asked him to come help me.

Detective Murphy: Then what happened?

Ashley Fontaine: Grant was standing around in shock, doing nothing at first, then touching things, as if he didn't know what he was doing.

Detective Murphy: What did you do?

Ashley Fontaine: I called 911.

Detective Murphy: And after that?

Ashley Fontaine: Grant just kept looking at me. He just kept staring at me.

Detective Murphy: What time did you call 911?

Ashley Fontaine: It must've been about a half hour after we got home, around 1:30 a.m.

Detective Armstrong: Thank you for your help, Mrs. Fontaine. Oh, one last thing. You don't have any idea, do you, as to who would want to kill your husband?

Ashley Fontaine: No, like I said earlier, he was worried about some of his business and real estate developments. I don't know anything about his business, really. I don't get involved in that side of things, but I was worried he might have an enemy or two like Mr. Coleman.

Detective Armstrong: Thank you for all your help. Please do contact us if you have any other information you think could help us during our investigation.

Ashley Fontaine: Yes, of course.

End interview: 4:08 a.m.

 

Comments (25)

This sounds like a highly suspicious situation. This woman seems very evasive. I would look forward to a second interview of this person.

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I can't help but think that there's more to her story. And I honestly don't really think that she can't remember which friends house she went to. I would check her story.

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  1.    Tara

I Agree and she did not know why Grant had cuts on his arms

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she said she got home at 1:00 AM, entered the house, walked around for a while and then discovered her husband's body. why did she call 911 only at 1:30? the house is big but did it really take her 30 minutes to find her husband's body? and if...

she said she got home at 1:00 AM, entered the house, walked around for a while and then discovered her husband's body. why did she call 911 only at 1:30? the house is big but did it really take her 30 minutes to find her husband's body? and if not, what took her so long to call 911?
very fishy..

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  1.    Hanan Buhadana

yes i agree and she pointed out that Grant was runing around touching every thing in a daze

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  1.    Kenneth Rinderhagen

i know it was very weird how she kept repeating that he ran around touching things

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A cut on Grant's arm? And also blood on Grant's nose? Is it just an allergy?

Bruno Coleman hated Philip Fontaine. It would be interesting to interview him.

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I say interview Coleman, but after readin Rauel amd Joey's stories asuuming what they said is true then there is a high probability to Ashley Fontaine being the killer. Joey said they had had issues plus she lied about her not know what Raquel...

I say interview Coleman, but after readin Rauel amd Joey's stories asuuming what they said is true then there is a high probability to Ashley Fontaine being the killer. Joey said they had had issues plus she lied about her not know what Raquel was mad about. Also I do not believe Coleman did it because 20 years is a very long time and I believe if the hatred was really that bad then He would of killed Mr. Fontaine a long time ago. I say put the four that have been interviewed in the same room ask them all questions and see how the responses differ and see which ones contradict the other and see which on is the most logical.

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she's not Grant's real mum, is she? If not then I can entertain the idea that she could have a sexual thing going on with Grant. Would answer why they both got back at the same time, and they would both have something to gain from the murder....

she's not Grant's real mum, is she? If not then I can entertain the idea that she could have a sexual thing going on with Grant. Would answer why they both got back at the same time, and they would both have something to gain from the murder. Both deflected throughout their interviews and neither seemed sad at all that their husband/father was just brutally murdered. both of thier alibi's were very weak and she was way younger than mr Fontaine, and Grant said he would rather go to university than work, with his fathers money he would not need to worry about working. what size of shoe does grant wear, any powder burns on Grant or the victim to establish who fired the shot etc, etc. Any ideas?

Of course if it is his real mom then I will just look really dumb!

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  1.    Stephen McKeown

Ah, just checked it is his stepmom! so this could be promising unless I have missed something!

Now trying to disprove my theory! Please help.

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It seems apparent that Ashley and Grant are not being honest with their alibis. I's hard to believe that neither of them can remember the friends names that they hung out with or the specific places. It's also hard to believe that they would...

It seems apparent that Ashley and Grant are not being honest with their alibis. I's hard to believe that neither of them can remember the friends names that they hung out with or the specific places. It's also hard to believe that they would arrive at home at the same time and that Ashley would be able to see a cut on his arm in the dark. It's winter, was he not wearing a coat? It's strange how she said that he kept touching things, almost like to explain why they would find his finger prints on everything. Neither of them seem too sad about them losing a family member. If one of mine were to pass, I would want to be as helpful as possible to the detectives so they could catch the murderer quickly, if I wasn't guilty.....

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Very interesting and strange interview. She doesn't remember where she went or the names of the people she was with, however she said to ask them (without knowing their names) and they would vouch for her! Is this stress or a guilty conscious? ...

Very interesting and strange interview. She doesn't remember where she went or the names of the people she was with, however she said to ask them (without knowing their names) and they would vouch for her! Is this stress or a guilty conscious? She also did not say if anything was missing, only that they were disarranged?

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LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE, SHE DEFINATELY DIDNT KILL HIM SHE IS TOO CAUGHT UP IN HER
OWN LITTLE WORLD NOW THE STRANGE PART, IS THE SON LOOKING AT HER SHE SAID THAT FOR A REASON, LIKE I DIDIT, OR SOMETHING BUT I AM SURE HE KNOWS MORE THAN HE IS...

LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE, SHE DEFINATELY DIDNT KILL HIM SHE IS TOO CAUGHT UP IN HER
OWN LITTLE WORLD NOW THE STRANGE PART, IS THE SON LOOKING AT HER SHE SAID THAT FOR A REASON, LIKE I DIDIT, OR SOMETHING BUT I AM SURE HE KNOWS MORE THAN HE IS TELLING AND WOULDNT BE SUPRISED, IF IT WAS A CONFRONTATION WITH A THIRD PERSON, THAT THE DAD WAS STICKING UP FOR THE SON, SOUNDS TO ME, AND THE DAD GOT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT TO PROTECT HIS SON, HUUM I DONT KNOW, JUST SAYIN SEEMS STRANGE THEY WERE IN THE HOUSE AND THE OLD MAN WAS LYING ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR, AND SHE DIDNT EVEN WONDER WHERE HE WAS AT THAT TIME OF DAY, LIKE OH THERE YOU ARE.

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  1.    renee

It was 1:00am and if I just got home, I would have thought he was in bed, but then he had a history of "running around" I think she is very guilty

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I agree ,I believe there is more to her story..Come on you go out with some old college friends ,you do not know their names or the house you were at..I find that strange..I believe the son and wife have something to hide and are not giving...

I agree ,I believe there is more to her story..Come on you go out with some old college friends ,you do not know their names or the house you were at..I find that strange..I believe the son and wife have something to hide and are not giving details...Either they did it or hired someone too.How of a coincident that they arrive home at the same time..

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