Apr 8, 2014 4:33 PM by Brian White

Woman found guilty in 1996 killing of ex-husband

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.


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