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Jury selection begins in car bomb murder case

Even after the divorce, Pamela Phillips was able to claim a $2 million insurance pay-off after Triano died,

Jury selection begins in car bomb murder case

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Feb 18, 2014

PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV/AP) - A woman is set to stand trial in the 1996 Tucson car bomb killing of her ex-husband.

Pamela Phillips is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Tucson businessman Gary Triano. She has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection begins Tuesday morning.

KGUN 9's Craig Smith will have complete details on the jury selection process and opening statements, tonight at 5:00 and 6:00.

Authorities say Phillips hired an ex-boyfriend to kill Triano so she could collect his $2 million life insurance policy.

Gary Triano died in a car bomb explosion at the La Paloma Country Club. The pipe bomb left in his car was so powerful, the blast sent debris flying for 200 yards.
       
Triano's death by pipe bomb was so unusual for Tucson, it led to speculations of mob involvement.

In 2010, Ronald Young was convicted sentenced to two life terms.

Phillips was arrested in Austria in 2009 while living a lavish lifestyle from the insurance payout. Her case was delayed while authorities worked to restore her competency to stand trial.

Triano, a real estate broker and developer, died Nov. 1, 1996, when his Lincoln Town Car exploded outside a country club.