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Jury Reaches Verdict in Waterman Trial
Today, nearly a week after beginning deliberations, the jury in the Rachelle Waterman murder conspiracy trial reached a verdict.
Waterman had been charged with nine counts of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy after allegedly conspiring with two former boyfriends to kidnap and murder her mother in late 2004, and the jury ruled guilty on one count of criminally negligent homicide.
She was 16 and out of town the night 24 year olds Jason Arrant and Brian Radel broke into her Craig home, kidnapped her mother, beat and suffocated her to death and then burned the remains in the Waterman family van on a remote logging road miles outside of town.
However, both Arrant and Radel had testified during a previous trial that Waterman had solicited and orchestrated the crime on claims her mother abused her, and Waterman herself admitted during interviews she had known about the plan.
During the trial, the defense argued she had been victimized by the two older men, while the prosecution painted her as a "black widow" who manipulated Arrant and Radel into committing the crime on her behalf.
Her sentencing has not yet been scheduled.