Phillips attorney granted request to withdraw
ASPEN An attorney for one-time Aspen socialite Pamela Phillips was granted a request Tuesday to withdraw as her lawyer in a local case amid a backdrop of uncertainty about his former client.Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely approved a motion to allow Richard Cummins of Aspen to step aside as the lawyer for Phillips. She made the move after confirming a notice of withdrawal was sent.She was notified, said Cummins prior to the request being granted. I dont have any communication with her.The notice was sent to a Meadowood Drive home listed in court files as the address for Phillips, 52.Phillips faces one count of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She is also accused of unsafe backing of a vehicle. The allegations stem from her Aug. 31 arrest in Pitkin County.The decision by Cummins to withdraw from the case would seem to muddle a scheduled June 26 jury trial, although the date still stands.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.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 inside the car a pipe bomb 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 email@example.com
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