Defense rests in week seven of Phillips' trial
Pima County Attorney's Office Det. Keith St. John takes the stand during day 26 of the Pamela Phillips trial.
TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) -Seventeen-years since Tucson businessman Gary Triano's death and seven weeks since the start of his ex-wife's trial, a verdict could be near in the Pamela Phillips murder-for-hire trial. Tuesday, on the eve of closing arguments, the defense rests their case.
In 1997, Morris told federal agents he had information about Triano's murder, which he later admitted was an attempt to "cut a deal" for himself in connection with an unrelated case. Then, in 2012, he signed an affidavit repeating the same self-proclaimed lie he told investigator. Morris said he signed the affidavit because the defense's lead investigator, Gene Reedy, told him an "innocent woman is charged with the crime" and "really needs his help."
The defense also depicted convicted hit-man Ronald Young as a con-man, painting Phillips as a victim of blackmail by Young, further alleging the money transferred from Phillips to Young was a result of extortion.
"When you execute a warrant at a con-man's place, you can generally spend the whole day there [or] longer being able to pull out the documents [and] describe the documents in an orderly fashion just so you can log everything correctly and be able to report the executed search back to the judge," Wedick, who was hired by the defense as a security consultant, continued.
Previous testimony on behalf of the prosecution showed boxes of evidence seized from Young as part of the investigation.
Closing arguments begin Wednesday.