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

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Pamela Phillips By Mike Gertzman Pamela Phillips By Mike Gertzman

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.