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Daughter sickened seeing her mom’s alleged killer for the first time in NYC court

The daughter of a Queens woman who disappeared 15 years ago said Wednesday she was sickened by the sight of the man standing trial for her mother’s murder.

Lionelli Romero detailed her pain on the second day of the trial of Rafael Rodriguez, who is accused of killing his mistress Wanda Romero in 2002.

“Yesterday I looked him in the face for the first time,” Lionelli Romero told the Daily News.

“His face grinning. He has no remorse.”

Prosecutors say Rodriguez, 47, fled to his native Dominican Republic after hiding the then-26-year-old Romero’s body.

Rodriguez was finally arrested in 2015 when he attempted to go to Panama. Romero’s body was never found.

Retired NYPD Detective Irma Santiago testified Thursday that she interviewed the suspect in the Dominican Republic in April 2003.

Santiago said that Rodriguez described where to find Romero’s remains and claimed he “blacked out” the last night he saw her as they drank and played dominoes at a bodega.

“He may have grabbed her by the neck but doesn’t remember,” Santiago testified, reading from her old notes of the interview. “He remembered being crazy that night.”

Rodriguez, who had already been busted twice in Queens for assaulting Romero, said he drove away from the bodega and wound up in a wooded section of Rosedale near a Costco.

“He told us to look in that area and there we should find a body,” Santiago said.

Santiago said she had no authority to arrest Rodriguez in the Dominican Republic. But a grand jury indicted him for murder in May 2003.


June 29, 2017

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