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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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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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Bill February 24 2014 at 9:48 AM

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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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Pearl February 24 2014 at 9:56 AM

Better late than never.

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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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cjesmom3 February 24 2014 at 10:00 AM

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marwha cjesmom3 February 24 2014 at 10:20 AM

I know, makes me mad, I've flagged them all and they are mulitiplying!!!

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Thomas February 24 2014 at 10:04 AM

why did it take so long for this ass-wipe of a woman to be brought to trial?
She looks as guilty as sin.

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Glocks Mom February 24 2014 at 10:12 AM

Consider this early retirement, a room with no view.

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pizzageogh February 24 2014 at 10:24 AM

I think someone should be looking at the judge that said she was not fit for trial earlier!

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lsheaffer February 24 2014 at 2:57 PM

I guess some people just never come to the realization that the old saying, "Money doesn't buy happiness" is true. I believe that there are many other things that are more important than money, but I also believe the other old saying, "I'd rather be unhappy with it than without it."

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frankc354 February 24 2014 at 10:42 AM

evil minds do evil things ...........bye bye Pam

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