Smiling woman with long dark hair

Ashley Fontaine


Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 3:46 a.m.

Ashley Fontaine is the 30-year-old wife of the victim.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her at her residence, 655 North Lamar Boulevard.

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 Yoknapatawpha County will be very sympathetic to 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 out to get Philip because he's jealous of 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 at dinnertime?

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

Detective Armstrong: What happened next?.

Ashley Fontaine: Philip got 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: Standard 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 conversation about that discussion, but I really can't remember any more. I'm sorry I can't help you any further with 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 at 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, as 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.

Interview ended – 4:08 a.m.

 

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wouldnt let us talk to servants?? interesting...

  Dan West
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Mrs. Fontaine seemed very evasive and defensive in this interview, like she was constantly trying to bury details about the actual event of her husband dying with her grievance about it and words that suggested she had a good relationship with...

Mrs. Fontaine seemed very evasive and defensive in this interview, like she was constantly trying to bury details about the actual event of her husband dying with her grievance about it and words that suggested she had a good relationship with him and never would have hurt him, but deliberately.

I found it a bit strange that she kept on mentioning how awful it was, I mean that's a natural response but the way it's worded is a bit odd. To quote. "Is this going to take long? I'm so distressed about this whole situation. I just cannot believe he is gone." When I picture this whole quote as if I was actually seeing her talk, it sounds like she was trying very hard to insinuate that she had nothing to do at all with the murder and that she is completely devastated about it. If she's trying that hard to make it evident to the extent where she can even convince herself that it's true, then clearly there may be a lie in there.

She even immediately, and seemingly panickedly, shuts down the possiblity of involvement with her husband's murder. "Me? Involved? Why would you think that?". Her saying "Why would you think that?" instead of giving a reasonable response to that possibility shows her urge to know what exactly may have suggested that she was involved. She also constantly uses the defense that she's "so distressed" that she "can't think straight right now".

Also, this particular quote stood out to me here:

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.

Strange how she wove in the whole good relationship with Philip and distressed thing right after being asked about her alibi.

She also suggests that with this story being in the press, the whole town will be looking at their family very closely – could there be something she’s hiding that she doesn’t want anyone to find out? It’s strange that this is one of the first thing she brings up.

Those were just a few of the things that stood out to me in the interview. I think there is definitely more to her side of the story than what her interview suggests.

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  Xylo
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Im pretty convinced the attorney for Philip has established a motive and it corroberates what was seen at the crime scene.

Philip was flirting with the idea of divorcing an unfaithful, cheating wife. Leaving her short of benefits. And had a...

Im pretty convinced the attorney for Philip has established a motive and it corroberates what was seen at the crime scene.

Philip was flirting with the idea of divorcing an unfaithful, cheating wife. Leaving her short of benefits. And had a preliminary draft of a new will, leaving Grant out of it.

These two are in cahoots. Probably romantically involved. Being closer in age then to her husband.

So they off the old man before he can move. After they grease the old fellow, they ransack the house looking for the draft or copies of the will that leaves them both out on their ass.

On top of being romantically involved, which only adds more motive for wanting Philip gone.
Philip dies, the new will goes away.
Ashley doesn't get cut out of the benefits of Philips death. Grant still remains in place to recieve his dear old dads estate.

And with him gone, these two can continue their relationship. Only wealthy now.

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  Bernacus
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The step mom might be covering up for the step son because the cut he has on the arm is really suspicious. He didn't remember where it came from. And the woman sounded really nervous and didn't want to give details about where she was and with...

The step mom might be covering up for the step son because the cut he has on the arm is really suspicious. He didn't remember where it came from. And the woman sounded really nervous and didn't want to give details about where she was and with who but it could also be because of the shock.

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  Natalie Parrish
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Interrogate Coleman. He has a motive to kill the victim. The son's cut does look suspicious but the step mother said that they came back home at the same time so or her committed the crime and then left the scene or he is not the murder.

  Natalie Parrish
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I think Grant does have a motive. 2 motives actually. It's been established that Philip made a rough draft of a new will at his attorneys office earlier. In the new will, Grant is being cut out.
Ashley also hase several motives.
And they both...

I think Grant does have a motive. 2 motives actually. It's been established that Philip made a rough draft of a new will at his attorneys office earlier. In the new will, Grant is being cut out.
Ashley also hase several motives.
And they both have a common motive. Philip was also researching updated divorce laws while at his attorneys office.
If Grant and Ashley are romantically involved then that's 1 motive.
If Ashley gets a divorce due to her cheating. She's no longer entitled to benefit from a legal divorce. That's also a motive.
If Grant is cut out of a new, updated will, then that is also a motive.

These 2 individuals are going to benefit from Philips death.
They can maintain their relationship. They will get the estate as well.

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  Bernacus
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She seems to be more worried about her reputation than her murdered husband. She knows the exact times, but foggy on who she went out with. Not saying at this point that she is the killer, but she definitely does not want something to surface due...

She seems to be more worried about her reputation than her murdered husband. She knows the exact times, but foggy on who she went out with. Not saying at this point that she is the killer, but she definitely does not want something to surface due to this crime.

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  monique stewart
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I also think the woman has some involvement in the husbands murder, she said the husband would always come back home after his work around 6:30 and she let the made leave early on the day. The police could have asked some of her friends whether...

I also think the woman has some involvement in the husbands murder, she said the husband would always come back home after his work around 6:30 and she let the made leave early on the day. The police could have asked some of her friends whether she was really there with them and at what time because around 6:30 to 1:00 is a long time to be able to create a story that they have been robbed. Am really suspicious of when she said Grant was moving and touching things what does that really mean and what does that have to do with the fathers death? Also she is young enough to be his daughter she could have killed him for his money that is going to be left after his death so the son and her are positively suspects.

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  Loveness
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I think they need to get a search warrant to really search that house because if they didn't take anything of obvious value then there must be at least be a hint as to what the item or items might be.

  miranda jean Cole
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It's an active crime scene. No warrant is neccessary. It's the exception to the 4th amendment. They can search whatever they choose in the Fontaine residence.

  Bernacus
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Mrs. Fontaine said that their belongings (even the valuable ones) have been searched through...not stolen. If it was JUST a robbery then the valuable items would've been taken and the robbers wouldn't have searched through other belongings. Also,...

Mrs. Fontaine said that their belongings (even the valuable ones) have been searched through...not stolen. If it was JUST a robbery then the valuable items would've been taken and the robbers wouldn't have searched through other belongings. Also, as I said before, going from robbery to a brutal murder? Big step.

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  Splash
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I agree it is strange that the crime evolves so quickly from theft to murder. If he was this good at covering his tracks than who says there’s not more victims that we have not found? If they have not found any fingerprints then it is most likely...

I agree it is strange that the crime evolves so quickly from theft to murder. If he was this good at covering his tracks than who says there’s not more victims that we have not found? If they have not found any fingerprints then it is most likely a organized murderer and they usually hide there victims body when they are done murdering them and usually show little to no remorse. Since he probably knew the wife was coming home soon he probably thought he was running out of time so did not hide it. I say this because organized murderers usually plan the murder ahead of time on go over the victims Schedules like how he might have known the wife was gonna come home and how he got away. They usually stalk there victims to know there schedules for a more efficient kill. I also did not see that they found any forced entry points so he might have know the murderer. We can also get al lot from the scene like, he most likely chose the victims house because it is secluded and has more privacy so he could be afraid to be caught.

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  Zoey Elisabeth Hamilton
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Yes! Indeed! We have a few points that we are sure of:

•Its NOT a normal robbery as there are:
-No signs of breaking and entering (not said in the case file)
-No valuable objects missing (said in the interview with mrs. Fontaine).

•It was most...

Yes! Indeed! We have a few points that we are sure of:

•Its NOT a normal robbery as there are:
-No signs of breaking and entering (not said in the case file)
-No valuable objects missing (said in the interview with mrs. Fontaine).

•It was most likely a known person to the victim:
-No bullets were fired from the semi-automatic gun (only one damaged bullet, which is also a bit weird).
-Multiple stab wounds to the body (it might be a sign that the suspect knew the victim and its a sign of rage and perhaps even hate).

We might also ask ourselves: is the knife from the kitchen or is it from the killer (that answers the question if it was in the spur of the moment or not)?

And as you said: there was nobody home at that time, they must've known it.

Also, why did they wait so long to call 911? The son might've been under the influence of something (see bio Grant) and he might've not seen (or mentally processed) his environment.

You have some great points and does raise another question: how many people were involved in the murder?

Thanks for the reaction and I believe you're on to something...

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  Splash
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How would she know he was stabbed as opposed to shot? He was fully dressed and holding a gun. A reasonable conclusion would be a shooting if she did just happen to find him and was actually distraught. Her interview sounds like staging

  Jennifer Moore
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