Crowe’s mom testifies about finding murdered daughter

Crowe’s mom testifies about finding murdered daughter

Stephanie-CroweSAN DIEGO — The mother of a 12-year-old girl killed in 1998 testified Monday that her “whole world changed” when she found her daughter dead in their rural Escondido home.

Cheryl Crowe was the first witness to take the stand in the retrial of Richard Tuite, a transient accused of fatally stabbing her daughter, Stephanie.

Tuite, 44, was convicted in 2004 of voluntary manslaughter, but a federal appeals court reversed the conviction in 2011, saying Tuite didn’t get a fair trial because a judge limited cross-examination of a prosecution witness.

Crowe testified that her mother woke her up the morning of Jan. 21, 1998, after finding Stephanie dead in her bedroom.

“My mom told me to get up. (She said) something’s wrong with Stephanie,” Crowe testified. “Our whole world changed.”

Crowe said she laid on top of her daughter to try to warm her up while her husband Steve ran…

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