Woman accused of killing ex loses battle over telephone conversations

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DENVER (AP) - A woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill her ex-husband in Arizona has lost a legal battle over recorded telephone conversations implicating her in the death.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against 52-year-old Pamela Phillips who argued that recordings made by the alleged hit man as they purportedly discussed payment were improperly used by law enforcement to obtain a search warrant. The appellate court on Friday sent the case back to U.S. District Court, which originally heard her case.

Ronald Young is scheduled to go on trial in Arizona next month on a murder charge. Young and Phillips are charged in the 1996 death of Gary Triano, a real estate broker and developer whose car exploded at a country club. Authorities say Triano was killed for a $2 million life insurance benefit.