Photos of Montco girl's murder scene sought in trial

Pictured: James Lee Troutman. Police say he sexually assaulted and murdered 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman in Souderton, Pa.

October 8, 2011 7:30:18 AM PDT
Prosecutors in Montgomery County are asking a judge to allow jurors to view crime scene photographs during the trial of a man accused of killing his 9-year-old neighbor last spring.

Twenty-four-year-old James Lee Troutman of Souderton is charged with first-degree murder in Montgomery County in the May 9 death of Skyler Rae Kauffman.

The (Pottstown) Mercury says prosecutors said in papers filed Thursday that jurors should not be "unduly insulated" from a full understanding of the crime.

Defense lawyer William Craig Penglase will be able to challenge the request in a hearing before trial begins in January.

Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty, citing other offenses committed, the child's age and their contention that she was killed to prevent her from testifying.

Information from: The Mercury,