Witness says she lied about alibi for suspect in airman's death

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) - A woman who once provided an alibi for an accused killer testified Wednesday that she lied.

Michael Rodriguez is on trial for the December 2010 murder of Nathan Paet, a staff sergeant at Nellis Air Force Base. Prosecutors say Rodriguez was having an affair with the victim's wife and the couple wanted Paet out of the way.

On the stand Wednesday, Shannon Salliotte says she originally told detectives Rodriguez was with her the night of the shooting, telling jurors she feared for her own life.

"Basically telling me I better not tell anyone," Salliotte said. "Threatening, very threatening."

Salliotte says she knew Rodriguez exactly one day before she was dragged into a mess. She was introduced to the accused killer by two mutual friends: Corry Hawkins and Jessica Austin.

"She said I needed to be the alibi," Salliotte testified. "They were going to rob a heroin dealer, and I had to be Michael's alibi in case they got caught."

If convicted, Rodriguez faces the death penalty. Michelle Paet, the victim's wife, will be tried separately next month. Hawkins and Austin also await a court date.
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