Ex-wife accused in Tucson car bomb killing; trial opens

Pamela Phillips

Pamela Phillips

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by Brian Skoloff/Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 2:14 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Lawyers for a woman charged in the 1996 Tucson car bomb killing of her ex-husband say their client had nothing to gain from his death, that she was a successful real estate broker with her own assets.

Prosecutors, however, describe Pamela Phillips as a gold digger who hired a former boyfriend to kill businessman Gary Triano to collect on a $2 million life insurance policy.

Opening statements in the case began Wednesday.

Phillips has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The ex-boyfriend was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to two life terms, though jurors aren't allowed to consider his case while determining Phillips' fate.

Triano, a Tucson developer, died Nov. 1, 1996, when his car exploded outside a country club.

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