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Jury out for deliberations in Pamela Phillips trial

Jury out for deliberations in Pamela Phillips trial

By Ina Ronquillo, Cory Marshall. CREATED Apr 2, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Closing arguments come to an end in the Pamela Phillips murder-for-hire trial, Wednesday.

The Aspen socialite, who never personally testified, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, accused of hiring a hit-man to kill ex-husband, Tucson businessman Gary Triano, back in 1996.

The state laid out their evidence, portraying Phillips as a woman who married for money.

Their main claim centers around the $2 million  life insurance policy she took out on ex-husband, the $400,000 she is accused of transferring to convicted hit-man Ron Young and bombshell testimony from a former friend.

"She married what she thought was going to be a rich man. Her life was set. Now they are divorcing. She talks to her friends about taking him out and all this has to be just eating away at her," Prosecutor Rick Unklesbay told the jury.

Prosecutors also reviewed recorded phone conversations between Young and Phillips.

"It is time to hold Pamela Phillips responsible for her crimes. It is time to find Pam Phillips guilty."

Taking the afternoon, the defense started out their closing arguments with an apology, "It's about my client and don't take out anything we did on my client," Defense Attorney Paul Eckerstrom said during closing arguments.

Phillips' Attorney's pinned Triano's murder on late Tucson billionaire Neil McNeice, arguing Triano owed McNeice thousands and alleging McNeice brought in a parade of people to carry out the 1996 kill.

"Really, that's their evidence that Ron Young knew anything about building a bomb animated and argumentative?"

The defense also claims state investigators botched the investigation from the very start.

"The state could have had that if they followed their leads like they should have and they didn't.  They could have been processing this case in 1997 or 1998.  The state went after the easy marks, the woman who got a $2 million insurance policy and the guy that was extorting her."