A nutritional supplements guru accused of drugging and drowning his wife in the bathtub of their Gilbert house four years ago may return to his home and business in Graham County, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Prosecutors argued against allowing Doug Grant, 39, to leave Maricopa County, where he has been confined since mid-July.

Deputy Maricopa County attorney Frankie Grimsman said Grant has so much clout in his hometown of Pima that a Graham County sheriff’s deputy refused to help a Gilbert police officer with the arrest on suspicion of first-degree murder.

But Judge David M. Talamante granted the motion by Grant’s attorney, Mel McDonald. Talamante also permitted Grant to make two trips to Utah with McDonald to gather evidence.

Talamante refused to rule immediately on a request to lower Grant’s $500,000 cash bail bond.

Grant’s wife, Faylene, was found unconscious the morning of Sept. 27, 2001, and died later that day. Large amounts of the sleeping medication Ambien were found in her system.

At first, police ruled the death an accident. But years of developments culminated in Grant’s arrest at his business, Optimal Health Systems, on July 14, police said.

Gilbert police spokesman Lt. Joe Ruet confirmed the arresting officer received no help from a deputy. Graham County Sheriff Frank Hughes said deputy Brian Mulleneaux refused to be the lead officer during the arrest because he wasn’t sure of what was happening, having just been flagged down by the Gilbert policeman moments before.

Grant posted bail with the help of family and friends. McDonald said some people took out mortgages to help.

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