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Aspen socialite accused of car bombing her ex-husband

Aspen Socialite Accused of Car-Bombing Her Ex-Husband

An Aspen socialite is on trial for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder after her ex-husband died from a bomb planted in his car. The crimes happened back in 1996. "Good Morning America" has more on the case that took 17 years to come to trial.

'Prosecutors say 56-year-old Pamela Phillips was accustomed to a lavish lifestyle.'

They say while she was married to real estate developer Gary Triano, she was treated to fancy cars and homes. After their divorce, the fortune began to dwindle.

Phillips allegedly hired a former boyfriend to kill her former husband with a car bomb.

Prosecutors allege Phillips' motive was to collect on Triano's $2 million life insurance policy.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, prosecutors accuse Phillips of paying Ronald Young $400,000 to kill her ex-husband. Young fled after Triano's death, but was arrested in 2005. In 2010, he was tried and convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Authorities also found documents making Phillips, who had moved abroad, an additional suspect.

'Authorities say she knew she was wanted, and through her attorneys said she would be turning herself in. She never did. She was arrested and extradited,' KVOA reports.

At the time, a judge found Phillips unfit to stand trial. But now, years later, the trial is underway and one man who was with Triano right before he died is taking the stand. Here's KGUN.

'Luis Ruben Lopez and Triano played a round of golf at the La Paloma Country Club. Lopez said he shook triano's hand in the parking lot, said goodbye and walked to his car. That's when he heard the explosion,' KGUN reported.

Triano died almost immediately from the planted pipe bomb. Phillips has pleaded not guilty, and the trial is expected to last six weeks.

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Pearl February 24 2014 at 9:56 AM

Better late than never.

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The AOL Experien February 24 2014 at 8:00 AM

JUSTICE!!! Young was captured in 2005 but not tried until 2010? Surprised he didn't get out of it because of not getting a timely trial..

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mr SAM TREESH The AOL Experien February 24 2014 at 9:30 AM

yes then sue for a few mill...

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suzze4630 The AOL Experien February 24 2014 at 10:22 AM

It's known as "waiving your right to a speedy trial," and everyone MUST do this so the attorneys can get their act together. If people were really tried within 60 days, they would lose when there's good, irrefutable evidence and, in this case, that's apparently what they had. Get to know your justice system. It's really guilty until you can prove your innocence, and in traffic court you can hope the cop won't show up, and you can win through default.

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anglarom February 24 2014 at 7:15 AM

Sleeping with the enemy..!!..Once you can not shower them with money and presents some of them walk away....some of them conspire to get "whatever you have", others blow you away..!!

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Janeyre February 24 2014 at 9:40 AM

Unlike Betty Broderick... She lacked the ability to do it herself. Crazy, lazy criminal. May they give her life without parole...

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Karine February 24 2014 at 9:59 AM

She does no longer looks like anthing in her published photo .. She looks pretty much "Lived up" We hope they hang her high and dry .. Those of us who live in Tucson can hardly wait for her to be found guilty ...

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ohioamerican Karine February 24 2014 at 10:41 AM

You mean if she's guilty right? Surely you're not one of those people who just "know" she's guilty right?

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Jennifer February 24 2014 at 9:42 AM

She was a very good looking woman. She should have just gotten another sugar daddy.

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Bill February 24 2014 at 9:48 AM

Why does AOL prevent me from signing on to comment on some stories, but permits myriad "get-rich-quick" comments to run rampant?

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carolyn9m Bill February 24 2014 at 10:19 AM

These spammers have multiple screen names and if one gets shut down they go to one of their other ones. Best advise is ignore them.

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skitzlpk February 24 2014 at 9:43 AM

A car bomb, really? A 2 million $$ policy naming you as beneficiary? You take off abroad after the car bomb death of your ex-husband? Why not put up a flashing billboard instead with your best photo & a gold grill on your teeth with one gleaming & say,, "I did it"!!

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imrustysmom February 24 2014 at 6:10 AM

All about money as usual.

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patrickliveshere February 24 2014 at 8:16 AM

They should stick a pipe bomb up her a..

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mr SAM TREESH patrickliveshere February 24 2014 at 9:29 AM

what good will it do to have her tried now ////??? wont do any good andof no real value besides , who cares,,? 17 yrs ago so forget it ,cant prove it anyway ...

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