Daughter testifies against fugitive father in ’92 slaying

The daughter of a long-time fugitive has seen her father for the first time since he allegedly killed her mother’s friend at a crowded Philadelphia restaurant in 1992.

Forty-year-old Rachel Pedroso says she has always wondered where her father had gone.

Authorities say 73-year-old Santiago Pedroso built a new life in the Philippines before his arrest there in 2013.

Rachel Pedroso says her father was angry about rumors her mother was having an affair with victim Delores Alvarez.

The daughter in her reluctant testimony Wednesday says she did not see the shooting.

But she initially told police she saw her father fire the gun.

The defense hopes to argue that the shooting was a crime of passion and not premeditated.

The jury could then consider a manslaughter verdict.

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