Slain Craig woman's daughter arraigned in Ketchikan court

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

KETCHIKAN - The daughter of a slain Craig woman was arraigned Monday on charges that she conspired to have her mother killed.

Rachelle Waterman, Jason Arrant of Klawock and Brian Radel of Thorne Bay have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lauri Waterman, whose burned body was found in a van about 30 miles north of Craig earlier this month.

The three were arraigned in Superior Court, where a trial date was set for Feb. 3 in Craig.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Schalley says investigators are looking into the possibility of adding more charges.

Rachelle Waterman, Arrant and Radel were being held in the Ketchikan Correctional Center.

Radel abducted the woman from her home, bound and gagged her and drove her in her own van to the remote spot on Prince of Wales Island, according to authorities. They said that's where Radel struck the fatal blow with a blunt instrument.

Rachelle Waterman allegedly enlisted Arrant in the plot, and he in turn recruited Radel, state troopers said.

Family and friends of Lauri Waterman gathered to remember the 48-year-old mother of two at a Sunday funeral service.

"She volunteered for everything," said brother Don Martelli. "And she played sports like few women I knew.

"If she had something to say, she'd say it," he added.

Waterman was a special education aide employed by the Craig Elementary School.

"Lauri did so much for our kids," said friend June May. "(Lauri) was the homeroom mom in first grade for my daughter. She helped Girl Scouts and Brownies and softball for the girls, and the girls loved her. They knew that she cared for them. She did so many things that I cant even remember over the years."

Building contractor Chuck Haydu knew Waterman from church and from activities their daughters shared. Haydu remembered when Waterman won the school district's employee of the year award a few years ago.

"They called her name a few times and she was trying to (hide). She didn't want to go up there and she could hardly believe it. She would just as soon be in the background," Haydu said.

One of her students, 10-year-old Sarah Long, simply said, "I miss her."

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