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Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2005 6:13 am | Updated: 7:29 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The founder of a nutritional supplements company who is accused of slaying his wife four years ago gave conflicting statements about her drowning in the bathtub of their Gilbert residence, according to police reports released Friday.

As investigators were looking into Faylene Grant’s death, Doug Grant, 39, said she couldn’t have been in the tub for more than 30 seconds after he drew the bath and helped her in. Faylene Grant, 35, was first ruled to have drowned accidentally after a possible overdose of the prescription sleep aid Ambien.

But as police followed up, the records showed he changed his story about his actions the morning of Sept. 27, 2001. At one point he said he was asleep for 15 minutes before he noticed he couldn’t see his wife. In another interview, Grant said Faylene got into the tub on her own.

It was such inconsistencies that kept detectives on the case, culminating Thursday with Grant’s arrest on a firstdegree murder warrant.

Grant is being held in Graham County Jail on $500,000 bail. He is expected to be brought back to Maricopa County next week.

"The report speaks for itself," Gilbert police spokesman Lt. Joe Ruet said. "I’m not going to comment on what the report says or what the evidence is."

Grant’s attorney, Mel McDonald, said, "We’re going to take it to the mat because he’s innocent."

Grant and his wife divorced in 2000 after seven years of marriage, then wed again in July 2001.

In the interim, Grant dated an employee at the company he founded, Optimal Health Systems. Nine days after Faylene was buried, Grant proposed to that woman, and they wed soon after.

In January 2003, Grant had his attorney give police items he believed would prove his wife not only killed herself but wanted him to remarry as soon as possible. Included was a card to Grant and the other woman wishing them a fun and long life together.

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