Accused of luring man to his death
She's been painted as a controlling manipulator who lured a man to her house after a drug deal gone wrong.
But the defence says Rachel Marie Parker, 38, is not guilty of murder and denies any role in the death of Jamie Faulkner, 32, who was killed on September 4, 2009.
Parker's boyfriend Jamie Mills has already admitted murdering Faulkner and has been sentenced.
Now Parker is on trial in the High Court at Palmerston North, accused of acting with Mills to kill Faulkner.
Before Justice Forrest Miller and a jury yesterday, Crown prosecutor Deborah Davies said Faulkner was shot dead at Parker and Mills' Heretaunga St flat in Palmerston North.
Mills pulled the trigger.
"He was killed because he failed to provide Parker with $140 worth of drugs," Davies said in her opening statement.
"The evidence for the Crown is Parker is as responsible for the murder as [Mills]."
On September 1, 2009, it was arranged that Faulkner would get $140 worth of "crack".
But Parker became angry at how long it took Faulkner to deliver the drugs, Davies said.
The morning of the deal she allegedly texted Faulkner and said: "You've got one choice, then bang x2."
Davies said Parker sent these texts using abbreviations.
Parker was also texting the man who put her in contact with Faulkner, Tui Iwikau.
Iwikau texted Faulkner and said: “Don't f… her over bro, she's a good sort and has affiliations with some nutters."
Faulkner told Parker it was taking a while and on the day of his death said she would need to have another $40.
Parker asked Faulkner to come to her flat alone, Davies said. At 3.37pm, just minutes before his death, Parker texted Faulkner and told him to come inside.
"Mr Faulkner expected Parker to be alone and offer him beer. But both Mills and Parker were there.
"The Crown says Parker was in the kitchen drinking beer. Mills was in a bedroom with a firearm and ammunition."
Shortly after Faulkner came inside, Mills shot him in the chest.
Faulkner wrested the gun off Mills but collapsed and died on the street outside, Davies said.
A neighbour heard Parker and a man arguing.
"Then she heard Parker saying 'Jamie, Jamie', then another voice saying 'f…, f…', then it went quiet."
At 3.59pm security footage showed Mills and Parker at the Terrace End shopping centre.
From there Mills handed himself into police, while Parker went to the Terrace Tavern. She told a friend Mills had killed Faulkner.
But later that night Parker went back to her flat and told police she had not seen Mills that day, Davies said.
She said Parker was controlling and dictatorial toward Mills and as their relationship developed, he became more reclusive and saw less of his friends.
"He was devoted to the accused, when she told him to do something he would do it without question."
Davies accused Parker of either hatching a plan with Mills to kill Faulkner, or being the brains behind the killing.
Defence lawyer Simon Hewson said Parker denied having any part in the murder. She did not assist or encourage Mills.
Hewson said the Crown had not been able to tell the jury what Parker did to help Mills.
Yesterday afternoon the court heard from witnesses about Mills and Parker's relationship.
"He wasn't the fun-loving boy any more," his stepmother Sandra Mills said.
"He seemed to be just at her beck and call."
Mills' mother Pamela O'Grady said Parker would send text messages using abbreviations, while her son wrote words out in full.
The trial continues.
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