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Husband of woman killed in Century City parking garage to stand trial in her slaying

January 27, 2010 |  7:29 am

A gold trader has been ordered to stand trial in the slaying of his wife, who was fatally stabbed in the parking lot of a Century City office tower.

James Fayed and his former employee Jose Luis Moya are accused in the high-profile 2008 killing.

Pamela Fayed was stabbed in the neck and face by someone who was described as a slender man in his 20s wearing a black, hooded sweat shirt. A red sport utility vehicle was seen speeding away from the bloody scene. The stabbing took place in front of several witnesses.

James Fayed was arrested shortly after his wife's death on fraud charges stemming from the couple's international gold trading business. He was later charged in the slaying.

A month before she was killed, Pamela Fayed had offered to help federal prosecutors in the criminal probe into the business she owned with her husband, court documents later revealed. James Fayed's attorney said his client was unaware of her offer.

Family and friends of Pamela Fayed told The Times that for months before her death, Pamela believed her life might be in danger.

The couple were engaged in bitter divorce proceedings at the time of her death, and prosecutors noted in court documents that James Fayed was expected to be ordered to pay about $1 million in spousal support and attorney fees on July 29, the day after his wife was killed.

-- Shelby Grad