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Aspen murder suspect hires Swiss law firm

Wyatt Haupt Jr.The Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

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ASPEN An Aspen socialite wanted in connection with a murder warrant issued in Arizona has retained a Switzerland-based legal firm to represent her, according to court documents filed Tuesday.The disclosure was made at an unrelated hearing for Pamela Phillips in Pitkin County Court, where she has a pending case that stems from her Aug. 31 arrest for an alleged drunken-driving offense.Aspen attorney Richard Cummins, who is representing Phillips locally, gave Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely some documents regarding his client at the start of Tuesdays hearing.The paperwork, including a letter, were from the Geneva-based law firm of Borel & Barbey. The letter, written in French, stated that the firm was representing Phillips in some matter, presumably the Arizona homicide.There is a warrant out in Arizona, said Cummins, referring to the alleged murder of Phillips ex-husband more than 12 years ago. She has retained counsel in Switzerland to deal with this.Cummins also said he has had one conversation with Phillips, 51, although it was not clear when that happened. He added that he continues to represent Phillips in the local matter.Ely ordered Phillips to appear in court Tuesday, and suggested at a hearing about a month ago that she would issue a warrant for her arrest if she did not show up.I dont know if it does any good to issue a warrant here, said Cummins on the issue.He said that could muddle the situation in Arizona. That prompted Ely to set a hearing Jan. 27. The judge also said the warrant would be held until that date.Phillips, a resident of Aspen, is the former wife of Tucson businessman Gary Triano. He was killed Nov. 1, 1996, when his Lincoln Town Car blew up in the parking lot at the La Paloma Country Club in Tucson.Triano was 52 at the time of his death.Authorities believe that Phillips paid $400,000 to Ronald Young to kill her ex-husband in order to collect on a $2 million life insurance policy. Phillips and Triano were divorced in 1993.Young was arrested Oct. 17 in Yorba Linda, Calif., on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The arrest came after he was indicted by a Pima County, Ariz., grand jury. Young pleaded not guilty Nov. 4 in Pima County Superior Court. He is scheduled to next appear in court Dec. 22. Young is suspected of putting inside the car the pipe bomb that killed Triano.Phillips, who has a school-age daughter in Switzerland, faces the same charges, the Pima County Sheriffs Office said.whaupt@aspentimes.com

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