Her boyfriend, Michael John Franco, is accused of slitting her throat with a box cutter, running her over with a car and dumping her corpse on a golf course.
Palm Desert teacher, Jill Thomas Grant [Right], was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, Michael John Franco in 2013
Shackled Michael John Franco in court [photo]
The agonizing last moments are captured in the “butt dial” message, in which Grant is heard apparently dissuade her assailant by come up with a cover story if he will just abandon his murderous intentions.
“What if I drive the car someplace and call myself and say I was attacked? Would that work?” Grant says, according to a transcript obtained by the Deseret News.
She says the two can “think of something to say.”
“I am sure we can think of something,” she says.The transcript notes that parts of the call are inaudible, according to the Sun.
The voicemail came from Franco’s phone and ended up in the mailbox of a friend. “What do you want me to say? What should I say?”
Although Franco who had pled not guilty to tall charges is due in court for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday.
Further evidence strengthened the state’s case against the suspect after he was put behind bars. In court filings, prosecutors claim Franco confessed to one of his cell mates, who will now be called as a witness in the upcoming trial.
Franco killed his girlfriend in a fiendishly vicious manner, before robbing her and trying to abscond to Mexico
He claimed he ran her over with her own car when Grant tried to escape,. The cell mate claims Franco said he would “beat the case because he’s going to act crazy and go to Patton [State Hospital] for seven years.”’.
His defense attorney, Dante Gomez, has argued that this reference to Patton should be excluded from the upcoming trial because it’s irrelevant to whether or not Franco killed Grant.
However, allegation that Franco hit his victim with a car appears to be backed up by physical evidence. When Franco was arrested driving Grant’s car, police found blood on the front bumper and hand prints on the hood. Grass in the wheel well appeared to come from a golf course, just like the course where Grant’s body was found.
Prosecutors said they also have security footage of Franco using Grant’s ATM card to take money the night she was killed. He was busted with bank cards, a cellphone and a Glock pistol all belonging to her.
After police Tasered and arrested him, Franco allegedly said he was trying to flee to Mexico but would now be “going to prison for the rest of his life,” prosecutors said.