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What happened?

On September 3, 2013, public defender Pam Lipscomb announced that new evidence will clear her client, Benito Flores, of any involvement in the murder of Philip Fontaine and implicate one of the other original suspects.

Lipscomb said they will reveal their findings at Flores' trial, which is scheduled to begin October 1.

In the meantime, the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department is reviewing the Fontaine case file to try to determine what the defense team has up its sleeve.

The Fontaine case

Oxford real estate developer Philip Fontaine was found dead in his home in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 14, 2012.

Philip Fontaine's body was in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor, and the house was a wreck. There was evidence the victim put up a fight, and it's possible he interrupted a burglary.

Fontaine's young wife Ashley discovered the grisly scene in their kitchen around 1:00 a.m. Both Mrs. Fontaine and her stepson Grant reportedly arrived home minutes before the 911 call was made.

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  1. cfp

I personally believe that the ransacking was the handy work of both Ashley and Grant. That's what they must have been doing for the half hour from when they both arrived home until they made the 911 call. They both conveniently arrive home at the...

I personally believe that the ransacking was the handy work of both Ashley and Grant. That's what they must have been doing for the half hour from when they both arrived home until they made the 911 call. They both conveniently arrive home at the same time from different directions rather than to follow each other home.

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  1. cfp

This case has always been at the back of my mind and, it was music to my ears to hear that it was being reinvestigated. I would have slapped the handcuffs on both Ashley and Grant.

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  1. J-Nickole

Let's ponder upon this. Ashley is his third wife, who is much younger than him. And, she and the stepson both arrived at the same time to the crime. In my opinion, they arranged for this to happen. But what about the motive? Ashley could inherit...

Let's ponder upon this. Ashley is his third wife, who is much younger than him. And, she and the stepson both arrived at the same time to the crime. In my opinion, they arranged for this to happen. But what about the motive? Ashley could inherit money, but what about Grant? He should inherit money as well, but, I feel like this is not just the case. What if Grant and Ashley had something going on between them? Something that's innapropiate for a step mother and step son. This has been done before and it is common in some cases, but it's just a thought. But I feel this is an obvious case on who's guilty. They hired someone to commit this, or they actually committed the crime themselves.

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