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Victim's relatives testify in retrial of Richard Tuite

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - There was emotional testimony Monday in the retrial of Richard Tuite.

Tuite is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of Escondido girl Stephanie Crowe. On Monday, her sister Shannon was on the witness stand.

Shannon Dehesa -- formerly Crowe -- was only 10 years old when Tuite allegedly killed her sister, and it doesn't get any easer for Shannon to relive that fateful day.

Tuite's retrial began last week when Stephanie Crowe's parents took the stand.

Richard Tuite was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 2004, but a federal appeals court reversed the conviction, saying Tuite did not get a fair trial because a judge limited defense cross-examination. Prosecutors decided to retry the case instead of releasing the transient, who has a history of mental illness.

This case has many twists, including Stephanie Crowe's brother being charged for her murder. Those charges were dropped after DNA testing found Stephanie's blood on the shirt Tuite was wearing the night of her murder.

This retrial could last a few more weeks. Tuite once again faces voluntary manslaughter.

For now, he remains behind bars.

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