Jury Selection Begins for Waterman Trial

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Jury selection began Wednesday in the state’s trail against Rachelle Waterman. Waterman, now 22, is accused of conspiracy and murder in the 2004 death of her mother, Lauri Waterman.

Rachelle Waterman has pleaded not guilty to seven counts. An earlier trial, heard in Juneau, ended in a hung jury. Wednesday, Waterman’s team of attorneys and state prosecutors scrutinized comments made by potential jurors, weeding out those that would be excused from jury duty in the murder trial. They and Judge William Carey spent the morning shortening the list of potential jurors, settling on some 30 names before going into recess.

Those thirty were to be interviewed individually this afternoon in a sealed courtroom before final selections are made.

The court will convene Thursday afternoon. Waterman’s trial is expected to last three weeks.

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