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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Opening statements are set for Wednesday in the trial of a woman charged with hiring a former boyfriend to kill her ex-husband in 1996 to collect on a $2 million life insurance policy.
A jury for Phillips‘ trial was selected Tuesday.
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.
Young was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to two life terms in prison.
After her split from Triano, Phillips moved to Aspen, Colo., where she lived for several years before authorities say she moved to Switzerland. By the time they had issued arrest warrants for Phillips and Young, her trail had gone cold.
Austrian police arrested her in 2009 at an upscale Vienna hotel. She was later extradited to Tucson, where she has remained jailed pending her trial.
Triano was a real estate broker and developer who made millions investing in Indian bingo halls and slot-machine parlors in Arizona and California before Congress authorized tribes to open full-blown casinos. He hosted Donald Trump at a University of Arizona football game, rode in luxury cars, gave money to charities and briefly ran for the City Council.
After the real estate market declined and he lost control of his gambling interests, Triano went broke. In 1994 bankruptcy filings, he listed assets of $1.3 million and debts of nearly $26.8 million.
He died Nov. 1, 1996, when his borrowed Lincoln Town Car exploded as he was leaving a Tucson-area country club.
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