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Alleged Child Murderer Pleads Not Guilty

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for James Troutman – the man accused of killing a 9-year-old Souderton girl.

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    Alleged Child Murderer Pleads Not Guilty
    James Troutman is accused of the rape and murder of 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman.

    The man accused of killing a 9-year-old Montgomery County girl in May pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday morning.

    Police say that 24-year-old James Troutman raped, beat and killed his neighbor Skyler Kauffman in the basement of their Souderton apartment building on May 9.

    Kauffman’s body was found only a few hours after she was reported missing in the dumpster of the apartment building. Police say they followed a trail of bloody clothes.

    While interviewing Troutman, police noticed blood on his sneaker. Later, he admitted to killing the third grader, wrapping her in a blanket and tossing her in a dumpster, according to court papers.

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    Skyler Kauffman's funeral is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. The third grader was beaten, raped and strangled last week in basement apartment where she lived. Police discovered her body in a dumpster on the property.
    (Published Monday, May 16, 2011)

    Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

    Troutman's trial is set to begin on January 9, 2012, according to the Delaware County Daily Times.