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First full day of deliberation in Pamela Phillips trial
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Thursday marked the first full day of deliberation in the Pamela Phillips murder-for-hire trial. The Aspen socialite is accused of hiring a hit-man to kill her ex-husband, Tucson businessman Gary Triano, in a 1996 car bomb explosion at Tucson's La Paloma Country Club.
After six hours of deliberation, jurors were dismissed for the day. Jurors have seven weeks of testimony to delve through, hours of recorded conversations between Phillips and convicted hit-man Ronald Young as well as scores of emails.
Wednesday, during closing arguments, the state laid out their evidence, portraying Phillips as a woman who married for money. Their main claim centering around the $2 million life insurance policy she took out on Triano and the $400,000, documented during witness testimony, she transferred to Young. Prosecutors say the money was payment for the hit.
Throughout the seven-week trial, the defense pinned Triano's murder on late Tucson billionaire Neil McNeice, arguing Triano owed McNeice thousands and maintaining McNeice brought in a parade of people to carry out the 1996 kill. Phillips' attorneys also accused investigators of a botched murder investigation.
Deliberation resumes on Friday.