Home | Bio | Contact |

Rachelle Waterman, Blogger Accused Of Killing Mom, Trial Set For September

Bookmark and Share

Rachelle Waterman, Brian Radel, Jason Arrant
Image from 2004

Killer Blogger Rachelle Waterman and Mother Lauri Waterman
Rachelle Waterman, a blogger who was accused of having her mother Lauri killed, is set to go on trial in September, 2009. I first reported on the Rachelle Waterman case 4 1/2 years ago and didn't really keep up on the results of the case as it drew out. At the time Rachelle was 16 and her two "boyfriends", Brian James Radel and Jason Allen Arrant were 24.

The case was that Rachelle had the two kill her mother. After planning the killing for months, they decided to stage it as an accident. Radel at 6 feet 5 inches, 250 pounds dwarfed Lauri Waterman's 130 pounds. He attacked her while she was asleep, tied her up, threw her in the back of her minivan and drove her to a bridge in a logging area where he killed her. Their plans to stage it as an accident were abandoned at some point. They did however place Lauri's body in the van and set it ablaze.

My Screenshot of
Rachelle Waterman's Blog Entry
Click image for larger view
The most chilling part of the case was the response of Rachelle the next day when she simply wrote in her blog.

"Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered"

Not that her mother had been in an accident, or was missing, but that she had been murdered.

Tom Miller at the Ketchikan Daily News just sent me this info on the new indictment. Rachelle, who is now 20, was recently indicted again and faces a new trial in September.

Rachelle did have a mistrial in this case and the judge made a decision to throw out her confession. The prosecutors appealed and much, but not all, of the confession was restored. A second grand jury has indicted her again, recently, on mostly similar charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and lesser charges. She is to be tried again, this time here in Ketchikan, in the fall.

Here's some info on how the first trial turned out 3 years ago.

TruTV on the trial

Rachelle Waterman was charged in Juneau in January, 2006, with seven counts, including first degree murder and conspiracy. This could have meant up to 99 years in prison.

The jury deadlocked, voting 10-2 to acquit Rachelle and stalling there. The jurors don't seem to have put high stock in Rachelle's own credibility. But most of them found Arrant's damning testimony even less persuasive, and, curiously, they were also unconvinced by Rachellle's own confession, believing that it might have been coerced by the state troopers and did not definitively prove that she played a part in planning her mother's murder.

The presiding judge, Patricia Collins of the Superior Court, ultimately threw the multi-count indictment out—and ruled that the videotaped confession was not admissible as evidence. The prosecution could have appealed, but never did.

Rachelle was released after the mistrial.

Juneau Empire

Rachelle Waterman, who is now 20, pleaded not guilty to seven counts, including first-degree murder, at Tuesday's arraignment in Ketchikan for the 2004 death of Lauri Waterman.

A grand jury indicted her last month three years after her first trial ended in a hung jury.

This entry is in the following archive(s):

Next and Previous Entries:

Posted by Digger on May 12, 2009 08:59 AM (Permalink)

The Realm Daily Digest
Have Diggers Realm articles emailed to you daily!

Powered by FeedBlitz
See a sample of what a daily email looks like!


Comments are closed on this article

Also see these other great immigration resources

The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration
The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration

A 28 part detailed report on the negative impacts of illegal immigration.
Immigration Stance
Immigration Stance

Find out how your members of Congress voted on immigration issues.

The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration
Read the free 28 part report The Dark Side of
Illegal Immigration

Includes facts, figures
and statistics.

  ... More Categories

Site Meter

Search Diggers Realm
Web Diggers Realm

The Realm Daily Digest
Have Diggers Realm articles emailed to you daily!

Powered by FeedBlitz
See a sample of the email!

ICE Tip Line

Capitol Switchboard

Your Representatives
On Immigration
Find out how your members of Congress voted on immigration issues at Immigration Stance.

Get The Latest Immigration News
Illegal Immigration News
The latest all in one place! Bookmark it today!

Knights Of The Realm

Home | Bio | Contact | Sitemap

Copyright © Dan Amato - 1996-Present