Witness says police officer lied on stand

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2011

ANCHORAGE — A former trooper testifying for the defense in the Rachelle Waterman murder conspiracy trial said Friday a Craig police officer who worked on the case told her that he lied on the witness stand during defendant’s first trial.

Anna Goemer said in an Anchorage courtroom that Craig Police Chief Mark Habib told her in 2007 that he lied about who took photos connected to the murder of Waterman’s slain mother, Lauri Waterman. Habib was a sergeant when he worked on the November 2004 murder.

Rachelle Waterman was 16 when she was accused of conspiring with a current boyfriend and a former boyfriend in the murder of her mother, whose charred remains were found in her minivan north of Craig.

Waterman is being tried for the second time. The first trial ended in a hung jury.

On Friday, Waterman told Superior Court Judge William Carey she would not be taking the witness stand. Waterman did not testify in her first trial, either.

Habib, who testified earlier in the second trial, did not immediately respond to a call for comment late Friday.

Earlier this week, jurors also heard a recorded interview between Habib and Jason Arrant conducted after Arrant and Brian Radel were identified as main suspects in the killing of the 48-year-old woman. In the interview, Arrant said Waterman wanted her mother dead and knew it was going to happen. Rachelle Waterman and her father were out of town the weekend Lauri Waterman was killed.

Arrant and Radel, both 24 at the time, are serving prison sentences for the killing. Both testified against Waterman in her first trial and Radel took the stand in the current proceedings, saying he had only Arrant’s word that his ex-girlfriend was involved. Arrant refused to testify a second time.

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