WAVERLY, Iowa — An attorney for a man accused of killing a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl argued on Tuesday that his client's history of collecting child pornography should not be presented in his upcoming trial because it will taint his image to jurors.
Defense attorney Aaron Hawbaker said jurors in the trial of Casey Frederiksen will conclude his client is a bad person and likely guilty in the 2005 death of Evelyn Miller. He called the information "inflammatory" and prejudicial, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (http://bit.ly/XxwvbN ).
"It taints anything else that happens in the trial," he said.
Prosecutors argued jurors should know that Frederiksen, who was charged in 2012 with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse in the death of Evelyn, had a collection of child pornography in a computer hard drive at the time of the girl's disappearance. He was later convicted of possessing child pornography.
"They're all linked. Casey Frederiksen is clearly sexually attracted to children ... and that's why he committed sexual abuse on Evelyn," said Scott Brown, an assistant Iowa attorney general.
Frederiksen was watching Evelyn at the time of her disappearance. Her body was found in the Cedar River days later.
It's unclear when Judge Gregg Rosenbladt will rule on the admissibility of the evidence. It's also unclear when Frederiksen's trial, which was scheduled to begin Monday, will be held. Attorneys at Tuesday's hearing suggested some time in February.
Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com
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