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Mar 7, 2011 2:20 PM

Pam Phillips found competent to stand trial for ex-husband's murder

TUCSON - The ex-wife of a murdered Tucson businessman Gary Triano was found to be competent to stand trial for his murder today in Arizona Superior Court.

Pamela Phillips is charged with Conspiracy and First-Degree Murder for the killing of her husband - he died in a car bomb explosion in November 1996 at La Paloma Country Club.

Pima County Sheriff's detectives believe Pam Phillips hired Ronald Young, a former boyfriend, to kill Triano in order to claim a $2 million life insurance payoff. Young was convicted in March and sentenced to life behind bars.

At the time the charges against Young and Phillips were filed, she was in Switzerland visiting her daughter. Officials say she had the opportunity to turn herself in, but she didn't. This past December, officials in Vienna, Austria detained her.

She was finally extradited to Tucson July 2nd.

Her attorney continues to insist that she is not competent to stand trial, but Judge Richard Fields ruled to the contrary today.

Stay tuned to News 4 Tucson this evening for more on this case.


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