'Oh my gosh, she really did it;' former friend testifies in day six of Phillips trial
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -Tearful testimony Thursday, as Gary Triano's daughter, Heather, took the stand for the first time in day six of the Pamela Phillips trial. The Aspen socialite is accused of hiring a hit man to kill her ex-husband, Tucson businessman Gary Triano, in a fiery car bomb outside La Paloma Country Club, back in 1996.
During the testimony, Triano recalled the day her father died and how she found out. The Judge ordered her face not be shown on camera.
"It was his surprise birthday party that night. So, I was trying to figure out what to get him for a present. I was at work," Triano said.
During Thursday's portion of the trial, Phillips appeared puzzled, taking notes and often whispering to her attorney.
"She said she should just hire a hit man and have them take him out," Chapman said in court.
"I remember saying to him, 'Oh my gosh, she really did it,'" Chapman said.
Chapman went on to say that she called Linda that night, asking if the two should go forward with the information. They both agreed they would not, Chapman citing fear for her safety and the safety of her children.
It was not until 2011, 15 years after Triano's death that a chance meeting at a restaurant urged Chapman to divulge her conversation with Phillips, telling Triano's daughter, Heather, what she knew.
Chapman was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in 2005. The defense argued the tumor may have hindered her memory.
The trial resumes Friday.