Prosecutor says Waterman knew of murder plot

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Prosecutor Stephen West claims he has evidence that Rachelle Waterman knew a plan was in place to kill her mother.

Waterman is charged with seven counts in the 2004 death of Lauri Waterman in Craig. West’s comments came Monday during opening statements to the jury.

He relied heavily on Rachelle Waterman’s e-mails, letters and taped interviews with police. He says the tapes indicate that Waterman initially denied having any problems with her mother. But he says later, she told two former boyfriends her mother was abusing her and knew of the plot to kill her a day before she was killed.

Waterman was 16 at the time of her mother’s death, but is now 22.

Her lawyer will be presenting his opening statement to the jury later Monday.

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