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Rachelle Waterman Trial now in Jury's Hands
While the defense had formally come to rest Friday, eleventh hour testimony from a former state trooper suggested that key prosecution witness, Craig police chief Mark Habib, had committed perjury.
(Anna Goemer/ Former State Trooper)
"He discussed the details, he told me he had lied under oath."
After Goemer's Friday testimony, defense attorney Steven Wells filed a motion to preclude Habib from further testimony.
(Steven Wells\Waterman Defense Attorney)
"There's an excellent reason to believe Mr. Habib is tailoring his testimony to go ahead and rebut allegations that Ms. Goemer made and this is why, judge, i filed that motion and i believe that calling Mr. Habib back is inappropriate."
The request was denied, however, and Habib was recalled to the stand, where he maintained his earlier testimony and denied Goemer's accusations of perjury.
The prosecution had also filed a motion to strike Goemers testimony from the record. While that motion was also denied, Judge William Carey instructed the jury to carefully consider the veracity of both witnesses testimony when deciding if Waterman conspired with two former boyfriends to kidnap and murder her mother in 2004.