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As issue is the admission of photographs which could possibly inflame the minds and passions of the jurors. The photograph must be 'of such evidentiary value that [its] need clearly outweighs the likelihood of inflaming the minds and passions of the jurors.' Commonwealth v. Petrakovich, [459 Pa. 511, 329 A.2d 844 (1974)]. It should serve as an aid to the jury in understanding the crime committed. Further, the photograph might serve a number of specific and well-recognized evidentiary purposes. The photograph might prove the corpus delicti. 


In Commonwealth v. McCutchen, 499 Pa. 597, 454, 454 A.2d 547 (1982), the Court stated: 'A criminal homicide trial is, by its very nature, unpleasant, and the photographic images of the injuries inflicted are merely consonant with the brutality of the subject of the inquiry. To permit the disturbing nature of the images of the victim to rule the question of admissibility would result in exclusion of all photographs of the homicide victim, and would defeat one of the essential functions of a criminal trial, inquiry into the intent of the actor.


There is no need to so overextend an attempt to sanitize the evidence as to deprive ...

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