THIS JUST IN: Mormon Murder Trial Ends With Manslaughter Conviction Against Doug Grant
Sports nutritionist Doug Grant was convicted of manslaughter in the bathtub-drowning death of his wife, Faylene, by a Maricopa County Superior Court jury a few minutes ago.
The so-called Mormon murder case (Doug and Faylene Grant, pictured, were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) went to the jury Thursday, March 5.
Grant originally was indicted on one count of premeditated first-degree murder in the mysterious 2001 death of his wife, but prosecutor Juan Martinez threw a curve at the defense team late in the trial when he asked the judge to allow the jury to consider lesser charges -- specifically second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Grant's defense attorney, Mel McDonald, fought hard against the inclusion of the lesser charges, but Martinez won out.
More to come on the conviction -- which could carry a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison, if the jury finds there were aggravated circumstances -- when we know it.