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Trial starts of Puerto Rico woman accused of murder for hire

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The long-awaited federal court trial of a woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill her rich Canadian husband has begun in Puerto Rico, and the judge has warned the jury “it would get hot.”

A decade has passed since Aurea Vazquez was charged with offering a man $3 million to kill real estate developer Adam Anhang. Vazquez at that point was no longer in Puerto Rico and was extradited three years ago from Spain after a lengthy manhunt.

Defense attorney Lydia Lizarribar told the jury on Thursday that her client is innocent. Prosecutors, however, said Vazquez was angry that Anhang wanted a divorce.

Also charged in the case is Vazquez’s sister and a family friend. Already convicted of murder is Alex Pabon, whose nickname is “The Crazy One.”