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Defense asks to limit crime photos

by Christy Chalmers, staff reports

Attorneys for Thomas Robert Soria Sr. say jurors shouldn’t see death photos of the 9-year-old girl Soria is accused of killing.

Defense attorney Michael Roeser filed a motion Tuesday asking District Judge Dave Gamble to review pictures taken of Krystal Steadman, whose body was found March 20 off Highway 50 near Carson City.

Soria Sr., 39, is accused of sexual assault, murder and kidnapping in Krystal’s death. He is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 17, and prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

Roeser said investigators took pictures at the site where the body was found and during and after a subsequent autopsy, and he says the photos would be “highly inflammatory and prejudicial.” He wants Gamble to review the photos and limit those allowed to what is “truly necessary and relevant.

“Their prejudicial effect greatly outweighs any probative value they may have,” Roeser wrote.

The matter could be addressed during a Jan. 9 hearing that was previously scheduled.

Soria Sr.’s son, Thomas Jr., 20, previously pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping and agreed to testify against his father. Soria Jr. told investigators he lured Krystal to the family’s apartment in the Lake Park complex in Stateline.

The younger Soria was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Soria Sr. is being held in the Douglas County jail.