***Copied from The Ahwatukee Foothills News***
"Friend of Harrod's Ex-Wife 'Anonymous Tipster'"
by Guinda Reeves
November 8, 1997
A federal government agent testified November 5 that he was the at-first anonymous tipster who called Phoenix police with information that led to James Cornel Harrod's arrest in what prosecutors have contended was a murder-for-hire plot.
The tipster, Jeff Fauvier of Alberquerque, New Mexico, is a special agent of the U.S. Department of Defense, working in the criminal investigation division. He also reportedly is a former neighbor and longtime friend of Harrod's ex-wife, Ann Costello, and other members of her family.
Harrod, 43, is the Ahwatukee Foothills man accused of first-degree murder and burglary in the 1988 shooting death of Phoenix socialite Jeanne Tovrea, 55. He was arrested in September 1995 at his home in the 4800 block of East Capistrano Avenue.
Despite being law enforcement, Fauvier, a former accounting or investigative technician for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said his initial reluctance to identify himself-until December 1994-to a Phoenix police detective was "an effort to protect" his sources (Costello and others in her family).
It was Fauvier, who earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting at Arizona State University, to whom one of Costello's brothers had sent a videotape from an Unsolved Mysteries television episode regarding Jeanne Tovrea's killing.
During that re-enactment, the tape recording reportedly from Jeanne Tovrea's answering machine, with a male caller claiming to be "Gordon Phillips," was aired. "Yes, I do recognize that voice as (Harrod's)," said Fauvier, after the tape was played in the courtroom.
During cross-examination by defense co-counsel Tonya McMath, Fauvier said he had seen Harrod only sporadically during a 10-year period, usually at holiday gatherings with the Costellos.
He also said Costello had stayed in his Albuquerque home "a couple of days," which he believed to be 1993-before her divirce from Harrod, and before he had caled Phoenix Police Detective Ed Reynolds.
Fauvier said he had contact with Costello for "maybe five or six meetings," including dinners in Phoenix, since 1990 or 1991.
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