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Suspect In Rape-Murder Of Montgomery County Girl Will Face Death Penalty At Trial

SOUDERTON, Pa. (CBS) – A 24-year-old Souderton man is headed to trial in Montgomery County on charges he raped and murdered his nine-year-old neighbor earlier this month (see related story).

Prosecutors say this will be a death penalty case.

Through a video hookup from the county prison, James Troutman waived his preliminary hearing today. That means he will stand trial on charges he raped and murdered Skyler Kauffman two weeks ago in the basement of their apartment complex, in Souderton.

Prosecutors say he molested the little girl, then strangled her and put her body in a dumpster.

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Montgomery County district attorney Risa Ferman says they will pursue the death penalty in this case.

“If ever there was a case where it was appropriate for the Commonwealth to seek the death penalty, this is it,” DA Ferman said today.  “It’s a brutal sexual assault and murder of a nine-year-old child.”

Troutman pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include first-degree murder, rape, and kidnapping.

Defense attorney Craig Penglase has said he will explore mental health issues when building his case.

Troutman’s next court date is set for mid-July.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • sheriff

    So the guy will rot in jail @ the taxpayers expense & a good chance he will be shanked by an inmate for messing with a little girl. What does that leave us with as a society? Why waste the time & money to this end? The girlfriend should also be questioned as an accessory to murder. I don’t believe for a minute she didn’t suspect something regarding his deviant behavior.

  • Zzbar

    Defense attorney Craig Penglase. Sc*m for taking on this case. And I don’t mean scam.

  • Mary Maldonado

    Anyone that is capible of doing this to a 9 year old girl is just inhuman and I don’t want to hear it was a mental problem or use of drugs or even drinking because that seems to be what people turn to when they have no way out! I look at it this way these were his choices and now he has to pay for his crimes which were unreal. I send my thoughts and prays to the family of Skyler. May God be with you to help you to get through this.

  • Mary

    I say CHARGE his damn girlfriend too for NOT speaking up and coming to the aide of a helpless CHILD in NEED :-( She’s just as GUILTY!!!!

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