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'Oh my gosh, she really did it;' former friend testifies in day six of Phillips trial

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'Oh my gosh, she really did it;' former friend testifies in day six of Phillips trial

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Feb 27, 2014

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.

"My mother said call me immediately. Do not go anywhere," she continued.

During Thursday's portion of the trial, Phillips appeared puzzled, taking notes and often whispering to her attorney.
 
Preceded by a former friend of Phillips, Laura Chapman testified, detailing a conversation she and another friend, Linda, has with Phillips, a year before the deadly car explosion.

"She said she should just hire a hit man and have them take him out," Chapman said in court.
Chapman and then husband, Paul, who also testified on Thursday, recalled the plumes of smoke billowing from La Paloma Country Club.

"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.