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Waterman jurors tell judge they're stuck on 1 of 7 counts

Jurors deliberating the fate of a Southeast Alaska woman accused of having her mother killed in 2004 told a judge Tuesday they could not reach a unanimous decision on one of seven counts, according to the accused woman's defense attorney.

The attorney, Steven Wells, said a note from the jurors said they had found common ground on two other counts against Rachelle Waterman, 22, who was 16 when she allegedly asked two men to kill her mother Lauri Waterman in the town of Craig.

The jury note was sent to Superior Court Judge William Carey, a Ketchikan-based judge who presided over Waterman's trial in Anchorage on a change of venue.

Two of Waterman's friends, Jason Arrant and Brian Radel, have pleaded guilty to the murder.

Jurors on Tuesday also asked to review a police interview with Waterman conducted after the murder. Judge Carey asked them to clarify what count or counts they are having trouble deliberating, according to Channel 2 News.

Waterman is facing murder conspiracy charges, as well as being an accessory to murder, kidnapping, attempted murder and other serious charges.

Her first trial in Juneau ended in a hung jury.

Wells said he did not want to speculate about Tuesday's note from the jury.

Sitka Assistant District Attorney Jean Seaton is prosecuting Waterman. Seaton, reached by phone in Sitka on Tuesday, said the deliberation process is ongoing and any deadlock or agreement on counts by the jurors could change.

"Until they actually present it in court, it's not a done deal," Seaton.


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