Attorney asks to withdraw from Phillips case
ASPEN An attorney for a one-time Aspen socialite sought in connection with an alleged murder in Arizona made a request Tuesday in Pitkin County Court to withdraw as her lawyer in an unrelated local case.Defense attorney Richard Cummins of Aspen tendered his withdrawal at an afternoon pre-trial hearing for Pamela Phillips, 51, who faces one count of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.She also stands accused of unsafe backing of a vehicle. The allegations stem from the Aug. 31 arrest of Phillips in Pitkin County.I havent had contact with her, said Cummins on making the move to withdraw from the case.The request prompted Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely to set a hearing for April 28, when the issue is to be addressed. The move also muddles a June 26 jury trial date in the case.Phillips, who has been holed up in Switzerland for the past few months, is wanted on a warrant issued in Arizona for the alleged murder of her ex-husband 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 conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and first-degree murder. The arrest came after a Pima County, Ariz., grand jury, indicted him. Young pleaded not guilty to those charges Nov. 4 in Pima County Superior Court. Young is suspected of putting a pipe bomb inside the car that killed Triano. Young is being held on $5 million bond at a corrections center in Pima County. A judge declined a request from Youngs attorneys in December to lower his bond amount.Phillips, who has a school-age daughter in Switzerland, faces the same charges, the Pima County Sheriffs Office said. She has retained the Geneva-based law firm of Borel & Barbey, according to documents filed in Pitkin County. That move was presumably made to deal with the alleged murder in Arizona, and a potential extradition proceeding.The Pima County Attorneys Office had declined comment on the firstname.lastname@example.org
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