Appeals court orders review of Southeast murder charge

December 5, 2008 

A judge must reconsider her decision to dismiss an indictment against a Craig teenager accused of plotting with two former boyfriends to kill her mother.

The Alaska Appellate Court says Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins must consider most of a videotaped statement by then-16-year-old Rachelle Waterman that was suppressed in her trial.

The appeals court today sided with Collins in suppressing the last portion of the interview, in which Waterman told Alaska State Troopers she knew of the plot to kill her mother and did nothing to stop it.

The statement was made days after Lauri Waterman's charred body was found Nov. 14, 2004, inside the family's minivan off a remote logging road.

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