Apr 8, 2014 4:33 PM by Brian White
TUCSON - A jury has found Pamela Phillips guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 1996 death of her ex-husband.
Lawyers for Pamela Phillips had argued their client had nothing to gain from the death of businessman Gary Triano, and that she was a successful real estate broker with her own assets.
But prosecutors described Phillips as a gold digger who hired a former boyfriend to kill Triano to collect on a $2 million life insurance policy.
The trial began in February. Jurors began deliberating last week before finding Phillips guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
The ex-boyfriend was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to two life terms.
Triano, a Tucson developer, died when his car exploded outside a country club.