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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

After one day of jury selection, a panel has been seated for the murder trial of Pamela Philips, who's accused of hiring a hit man to blow up her ex-husband at a resort.

It's not the trial of the century, but it's a crime that turned the national spotlight on Tucson.

A car bomb killed local businessman Gary Triano, on Nov. 1, 1996.

He died owing millions of dollars to various people.  There were theories about international mobsters and others who might have wanted Triano dead.

Triano was killed when the bomb went off in his car in the parking lot at La Paloma Resort. He had just finished playing a round of golf.

Phillips is accused of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in his death. Prosecutors contend she hired a man to commit the crime. The defense says other people, not Phillips, committed the murder.

Phillips' received more than $2 million from a life insurance policy soon after Triano died. She was the trustee on the policy of which the couple's two children were the beneficiaries.

Phillips had lived in Aspen, Colo., after she and Triano divorced. Then she moved to Europe.

She was arrested in Austria and extradited to the U.S. in 2010. 

That same year the accused hitman, Ronald Young, was tried in Tucson.

Investigators said Phillips had promised Young $400,000 to kill Triano.

Young was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Now 71-years-old, Young is serving 25 years to life in an Arizona prison.

Tucson News Now's Barbara Grijalva will be in the courtroom for opening statements, and she will have live updates Wednesday.  You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BGrijalvaKOLD 

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