Young man with shaggy blond hair

Grant Fontaine


Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 4:15 a.m.

Grant Fontaine is the 21-year-old son of the victim.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him at his residence 655 North Lamar, Oxford, MS.

Participants:

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

Detective Murphy: For the record, could you please state your name and address?

Grant Fontaine: My name is Grant Fontaine, and I live here.

Detective Murphy: Your address?

Grant Fontaine: I don't recall. You can check the mailbox on your way out.

Detective Murphy: Knock it off. It's the middle of the night, and we're in no mood to play games.

Detective Armstrong: Could you describe your movements last night?

Grant Fontaine: I went out with some friends.

Detective Armstrong: Any friends in particular?

Grant Fontaine: No, not really.

Detective Armstrong: Where did you go with these friends of yours?

Grant Fontaine: Nowhere special. We just hung around.

Detective Murphy: Where did you hang around?

Grant Fontaine: Different places.

Detective Armstrong: Did anyone see you at any of these places?

Grant Fontaine: That would be hearsay evidence, wouldn't it?

Detective Murphy: This isn't a trial. We're just talking.

Detective Armstrong: How about specific answers to our questions, or we can take this downtown.

Detective Murphy: Do you remember the places you went?

Grant Fontaine: I went to The Roadhouse. I remember that.

Detective Murphy: Did you happen to notice the time?

Grant Fontaine: It was a good time.

Detective Armstrong: How long did you stay at The Roadhouse?

Grant Fontaine: I don't know.

Detective Murphy: When did you return home?

Grant Fontaine: Late. Or early. Depending on your point of view.

Detective Murphy: Did anybody see you?

Grant Fontaine: Ashley. We pulled into the driveway together.

Detective Murphy: Who was first?

Grant Fontaine: Neither one of us. We were coming from opposite directions, and we both swung in at the same time. It's a wide driveway.

Detective Armstrong: How was your relationship with your father?

Grant Fontaine: I'm his son. That about sums it up.

Detective Armstrong: Did the two of you ever argue?

Grant Fontaine: Arguing was a bonding experience for us. Some fathers and sons go fishing or hunting or chasing skirts. We would fight.

Detective Murphy: Did it ever come to blows?

Grant Fontaine: A few times, maybe. Mostly, I'd just leave.

Detective Murphy: Is that what happened last night before you went out with your friends?

Grant Fontaine: We had words. Nothing special.

Detective Armstrong: Is this the first burglary you've had at the house?

Grant Fontaine: First I've known of, but I've been away at school.

Detective Murphy: Where do you go?

Grant Fontaine: Ole Miss. Beats working for a living.

Detective Armstrong: Do you know of anybody who might want your father dead?

Grant Fontaine: Other than the burglar? Yes, just about everybody.

Detective Armstrong: Why do you say that?

Grant Fontaine: My father was the kind of man who made enemies. What he couldn't buy with money, he bullied with Joey. Believe it or not, some people resent being treated like little children.

Detective Murphy: Joey?

Grant Fontaine: He should have called me Joey.

Detective Murphy: Tell us about Joey.

Grant Fontaine: That was my first thought when I saw the mess.

Detective Murphy: What was?

Grant Fontaine: Joey.

Detective Murphy: Joey who?

Grant Fontaine: Beecher.

Detective Murphy: What about him?

Grant Fontaine: I thought he trashed the house, that my father had come up with a new scheme to screw someone that included Joey wrecking the place.

Detective Murphy: Why would Joey do that?

Grant Fontaine: Joey does what Dad tells him to.

Detective Armstrong: What did you think when you saw your father was dead?

Grant Fontaine: Back to the drawing board, Dad.

Detective Murphy: Who found your father?

Grant Fontaine: Ashley did. She screamed, and I came running.

Detective Murphy: Where was Ashley when you entered the room?

Grant Fontaine: I don't know. Strangely enough, it's all a blur.

Detective Armstrong: Was anything of yours stolen?

Grant Fontaine: No. At first, I thought my room was ransacked, but then I realized that's how it always looks.

Detective Armstrong: Do you keep money in your room?

Grant Fontaine: Not when I'm going out with friends.

Detective Murphy: Do you ever bring your friends here?

Grant Fontaine: They wouldn't be welcome.

Detective Armstrong: Your friends have never been in the house?

Grant Fontaine: Not unless my father invited them over for drinks, and I can't see that happening.

Detective Murphy: Did you pass any vehicles on your way home?

Grant Fontaine: Vehicles?

Detective Murphy: Perhaps you arrived shortly after the burglar left.

Grant Fontaine: I don't remember seeing anyone else on the road.

Detective Murphy: Hear any strange sounds when you entered the house?

Grant Fontaine: Not that I recall.

Detective Armstrong: Is that blood on your nose?

Grant Fontaine: I'm not sure. Do you have a mirror?

Detective Armstrong: If it is blood, how do you think it might have gotten there?

Grant Fontaine: I have a lot of trouble with my nose. Allergies.

Detective Murphy: Were you in a fight last night?

Grant Fontaine: If I was, the other guy's in a lot worse shape.

Detective Armstrong: What is it you're trying to hide?

Grant Fontaine: I have nothing to hide. Because I have nothing.

Detective Armstrong: That will be all for now. We'll want to talk more later.

Grant Fontaine: Sounds like fun.

Detective Murphy: We're sorry about your loss.

Grant Fontaine: Yeah.

Interview ended – 4:33 a.m.

 

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guy didnt cooperate much, also showed no remorse for deceased dad maybe diddnt get along well.

  Dan West
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Grant seems very disconnected to his father and doesn't interact with him aside from arguments. He doesn't have any personal attachment to him and probably just sees his father as a despised man, and his temporary paternal figure until he is able...

Grant seems very disconnected to his father and doesn't interact with him aside from arguments. He doesn't have any personal attachment to him and probably just sees his father as a despised man, and his temporary paternal figure until he is able to live on his own and be independent, as well as his supply before he has to support himself - there doesn't seem to be any aggressiveness or rage towards his father, more of an indifference. He's more of an observer when it comes to his father, he doesn't interact but he does know about his father - hence why he is able to describe Joey Beecher and his connection to his father - and probably slanders him behind his back jokingly, seeing him as some kind of clown or a joke of a father. That's what I got from the manner in which he was speaking. It could also be that he has grown more tolerant of the troubles he has with his father and gradually became less hostile and rather more grudging towards him as a sign that he began to get sick of releasing his energy on his father, maybe adopted drugs as a coping mechanism.

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  Xylo
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This guys a d*ckb**tch. But that does not a murderer make.
1st, the cut on his arm described by Ashley..
Was that photographed?
The blood on his nose as well. Same. Needs documented and photos taken.
Is it his, is it his fathers, is it...

This guys a d*ckb**tch. But that does not a murderer make.
1st, the cut on his arm described by Ashley..
Was that photographed?
The blood on his nose as well. Same. Needs documented and photos taken.
Is it his, is it his fathers, is it someone elses?

If a firearm was discharged, he needs tested for residue. As does Philips body and Ashley.

That blood on the knife recovered from the scene and needs cross checked with Grants DNA.

I'm curious to look at him more. I'd like to see if he has much to gain by offing the old man.
Did he have a claim to the estate?
Was he going to lose something if Phil remained alive?
Did Ashley have a life insurance policy on him? If so, when was that taken and how much is it?
I heard Ashley and Grant are close. How close? These 2 are 10 years apart. They bumpin uglies?
Maybe, these 2 are in it together.
Does Grant have ties to Philly Boys business? Maybe Phil's associates or partners are chums with the kid?
He needs a 2nd interview and his clothing from the night it went down need taken in for processing.
Maybe requesting DNA will shake something out of him.

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  Bernacus
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We need to interview Joey because it's super strange how Grant went from giving little to no information to piratically throwing Joey under the bus then right back to nothing

  miranda jean Cole
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Grant is sure an ass****, and does not answer all questions. He does appear to have motive, but not sure if he is the murderer. He does need to be questioned more and follow up with friends and bartenders/patrons at Roadhouse.

  monique stewart
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First of all Grant did't cooperate well he wasn't giving straight forward answers and wasn't in grief about his fathers death, so he might also be a suspect.

  Loveness
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Grant was just as uncooperative as his stepmother, I am almost certain of their involvement in the murder.

  Kyle Whitehead
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I believe when the real truth comes out the murder was over the changing of the WILL. Grant said that there was no secrets in the house. Grant knew his father had the $15,000 on him, and both Ashley and Grant both knew that it was highly...

I believe when the real truth comes out the murder was over the changing of the WILL. Grant said that there was no secrets in the house. Grant knew his father had the $15,000 on him, and both Ashley and Grant both knew that it was highly likely that the WILL would be changed. And that was enough reason for them both to want him dead. Detective Murphy: Were you in a fight last night.?
Grant Fontaine: If I was, the other guy's in a lot worse shape.
If that statement is true, it rings true with the condition that Benito was in.
Detective Murphy: We're sorry about your loss.
Grant Fontaine: Yeah.
That sounds to me as if he didn't care that his father was dead.

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  Di.
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This is my first time reading the interview, mostly because I joined the site tonight, but just judging from this interview this guy would be my main suspect because of three things;

1.) Completely uncooperative, even if he did have troubles...

This is my first time reading the interview, mostly because I joined the site tonight, but just judging from this interview this guy would be my main suspect because of three things;

1.) Completely uncooperative, even if he did have troubles with his father, he would be precise with his movements that night showing that it wasn't him; Then again even if he was precise with his movements it could also have been premeditated.

2.) He is bleeding, on the scene there is blood from two other males.

3.) He had issues with his father, probably deep issues.

Judging by the evidence and the first interview I have come to the conclusion of a few key points;

It was a crime of passion
There was a struggle
The killer needed money

He fits the bill.

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  Baelord
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The knife found on the crime scene didn't have much blood, and the traces it did have were on the blade. It's quite possible that Philip used it to defend himself, that could explain the cut.

  Qew
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