Rachelle Waterman Convicted of Criminally Negligent Homicide
The Craig woman was found not guilty on eight out of nine charges ranging from kidnapping to second-degree murder.
After her first trial in Juneau resulted in a hung jury, an Anchorage jury has convicted Rachelle Waterman of criminally negligent homicide in the death of her mother.
Throughout the two-week trial, the prosecution claimed Rachelle Waterman manipulated Jason Arrant, an ex-boyfriend, to kill Lauri Waterman, her mother, back in 2004; Rachelle was just 16 years old.
During closing arguments on Wednesday, both prosecution and defense painted a very different picture of Waterman.
The prosecution claimed Waterman manipulated Arrant to kill her mother and even knew it was going to happen but did nothing to stop it.
The defense insisted Waterman didn't think Arrant would follow through and commit the crime and therefore she had no idea Arrant would actually kill her mother.
Waterman was found not guilty on the following charges: murder conspiracy, first- and second-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, vehicle theft, tampering with evidence and attempted murder.