TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pamela Phillips trial reached a turning point, Thursday, as prosecutors called their last and final witness.
During day 10 of the murder-for-hire trial, prosecutors played recorded telephone conversations between the Aspen socialite and convicted hit-man Ronald Young, marking the first time jurors heard Phillips' voice since the trial's start.
The tapes are somewhat controversial. Phillips defense attorney's argued their use during Young's trial in 2010. Thursday, the defense objected to their playback, once again, arguing the ability to authenticate the tapes. Judge Richard Fields overruled. However, some of the tapes content has been redacted.
Below are transcribed portions of the played recordings.
Young:The idea was--
Phillips: This was short term thing.
Young: Over and Over, is until the coast was very very...
Phillips: It was a short term thing.
Young: Until the coast was very, very clear, that we just keep it until extremely cautious untraceable situation where we have...
Phillips: If I have to kill myself and go to my grave and not say a word, I'll do that but I'm just so miserable.
Phillips: I am very serious about this.
The defense is expected to call their first witness when the trial resumes Friday