The woman accused of murder over a drug deal gone wrong initially told police she wasn't home at the time of the killing and didn't know about it until the day after.
Rachel Marie Parker, 38, made a statement on September 6, 2009, two days after Jamie Faulkner was shot dead at the Heretaunga St flat Parker and Jamie Mills shared in Palmerston North.
Parker said she felt “cold” when she discovered Mr Faulkner was shot in her flat about 3.35pm on September 4, 2009. Mills pulled the trigger and has since been sentenced for murdering Mr Faulkner.
Now Parker is on trial in the High Court at Palmerston North accused of acting with Mills to kill Mr Faulkner.
The Crown says Parker texted Mr Faulkner to get him to come to the flat alone because she was angry at being made to wait for $140 worth of “crack” she ordered from him.
The defence says Parker denies any role in the killing and did not encourage or help Mills.
Yesterday police detective Matt Akuhata read the statement he took from Parker.
She said on the morning of the killing, while watching the Tyra Banks show on television, she was texting and calling Mr Faulkner, trying to get the drugs or her money back.
Parker, who had been drinking, had an argument with Mills that day outside her house.
So she left to hang out with her friend Keith Woolston. The pair skulled a bottle of whisky or bourbon before he got “sleazy".
Parker then went drinking at the Terrace Tavern.
After that closed she headed home where a police officer told her Mills was OK, but someone else was not.
The next day a friend told her a man had been “shot execution style in the head”.
“I have been told that the drug dealer Jamie [Faulkner] was shot in my house. I don't know what to say. I feel cold," Parker said.
“I was trying to sort things out amicably with this Jamie [Faulkner] dude. I certainly did not do anything to entice or encourage Jamie [Mills] to do anything against this other Jamie [Faulkner].”
Parker wondered if Mills was agitated when he saw her because of a run-in with Mr Faulkner.
The court also heard from neighbours who heard noises and saw movement the day of the murder.
Kathleen Storrie lived in the flat next to Parker and Mills and gave evidence in court yesterday.
“I was knitting. All of a sudden I heard this terrible noise, then after I think I heard Rachel [Parker's] voice yell out: ‘Jamie, Jamie'. Then I heard another voice yelling out, ‘f . . . , f . . . ',” Ms Storrie said.
She said she didn't initially think the bang was a gunshot, saying she thought maybe Parker had fallen off a table while trying to change a light bulb.
Jan Klein lived in the property next door and was home on September 4, 2009.
“I saw a young man walking up into [Parker and Mills'] flat,” she said.
“He appeared to just walk straight in through the door. A few minutes later I heard a loud bang. I remember saying to my husband: ‘What the hell was that?'.”
Ms Klein said she then saw movement through a window next to the front door. She heard a second bang, but it was not as loud.
“Then I saw the young man I'd seen go in. He flew out the door looking quite terrified . . . He shot out towards the street.”
The man's face was “drained, pale and scared”.
Shortly afterwards, another man entered the flat then walked out, Ms Klein said.
The trial continues.
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