The woman who was engaged to marry alleged child killer, James Troutman, says she must have been living with a stranger, "a monster, maybe even a demon."
Troutman, 24, is accused of raping, beating and strangling 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman Monday evening and then throwing her bloodied body into a dumpster, allegedly telling police, "I got rid of her."
"Every time his face comes through my mind, all I can see is evil," Heather Clemens said on Wednesday.
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Clemens, now the former fiancée of James Troutman, said when police told her what Troutman was accused of, "the shock was inconceivable because that wasn't him."
Now Clemens understands that the screams she heard Monday evening – the ones she says she thought were usual neighborhood kid commotion -- were Skyler's, according to police. And coming from the very basement of the Souderton apartment complex where Clemens and Troutman lived, police said.
"My first concern is for the family that had to experience this horrible tragedy . . .And I'm so sorry. I know apologies can't make up for what happened and they can't bring Skyler back." Clemens said.
Clemens says she has nothing to say to the man she was ready to spend the rest of her life with.
"The only thing I want to know is why, but I know no matter what, he can't...there's no right answer."