Murderer Accidentally Butt-Dialed A Friend While Killing His Victim

The voicemail would have been a key piece of evidence had he not left such an obvious trail behind.

By Eric Shorey

Jill Thomas Grant was murdered by her boyfriend Michael John Franco three years ago, but newly revealed court documents reveal a strange detail from the investigation. Turns out that a piece of evidence in the case against Franco may be a voicemail he accidentally left of Grant begging for her life.

Back in 2013, Franco allegedly had slit his girlfriends throat with a boxcutter and then ran over her with his car. He disposed of the corpse at a golf course close to their home in Indio, California, according to USA Today. At some point during the killing, it seems like he may have butt-dialed a friend, who later discovered a disturbing voicemail in which Grant can be heard attempting to reason with Franco.

“What if I drive the car someplace and call myself and say I was attacked?” the victim pleaded on the mysterious message. “Would that work? ... But we can think of something to say like [inaudible] I am sure we can think of something. Say it was [inaudible] What can we say? … What do you want me to say? What should I say?”

The voicemail could have been a key piece of evidence had Franco not left such an obvious trail behind. Footage of him using an ATM shortly before the murder was found. Similarly, he was later caught in possession of his victim's driver’s license, bank cards, cellphone and a gun registered in her name. Later, while behind bars, he confessed to a cellmate.

Despite the mountain of evidence, Franco is pleading not guilty to all charges. His pre-trial hearing begins today.

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