UPDATE: No End in Sight to Juror Deliberations in the Mormon Murder Trial
The 12-person jury in the Doug Grant Mormon murder case has gone home for the weekend, and it appears that members are nowhere close to reaching a verdict.
The best indication of that is a "deliberation schedule" the panel sent out a few days ago to Judge Meg Mahoney, who has presided over the high-profile case: The proposed schedule now extends to the beginning of April, and it includes days off here and there for unspecified reasons.
The jury began deliberations eight days ago (March 5), and has considered the case behind closed doors at the Maricopa County Superior Court in downtown Phoenix for more than 20 hours.
Grant is charged with killing his wife, Faylene (both pictured above), at their Gilbert home in September 2001, though evidence against him is scant.
The former Phoenix Suns nutritionist raised eyebrows when he married his ex-lover, apparently at Faylene's behest, shortly after his wife's death. A devout Mormon, Fanlene Grant believed the three would someday live together as man and wives in the Celestial Kingdom (her religion's heaven), according to a letter she wrote.
We have written extensively about this one (see our two-parter published last year, before the trial started, here and here), and are not in the least surprised that the panel is taking its time to try to sort it all out.
The "fact pattern," as prosecutors like to call the ins and outs of a case, is one for the books.