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Scheduling conflicts delay matricide trial again

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

KETCHIKAN - There could be further delays in the second trial for a woman accused of conspiring to murder her mother.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports Superior Court Judge William Carey on Monday reset Rachelle Waterman's retrial to June 7 from June 1 because her attorney, Steven Wells, is scheduled for another trial in Anchorage. Wells says even the new trial date might not work.

Carey says if the case can't be tried in June, there won't be another chance until November. District Attorney Stephen West says that runs into scheduling conflicts of his own.

A status hearing is set for May 26. Carey also is expected to consider Wells' requests to move the trial to Anchorage and to keep Waterman's statements to police out of the trial.

Waterman was 16 when she was charged in 2004 for conspiring to murder her mother, Lauri Waterman, in Craig with two 24-year-old men, Jason Arrant and Brian Radel. Both pleaded guilty to murder. Waterman's first trial ended in a hung jury in 2006, and she has been out on bail since.

The pending trial was originally scheduled for September 2009.



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