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Steven Powell trial state memorandum

Steven Powell trial state memorandum

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Published by Ben Winslow
A memorandum by prosecutors addressing issues of Susan Cox Powell's disappearance and images in the Steven Powell trial.
A memorandum by prosecutors addressing issues of Susan Cox Powell's disappearance and images in the Steven Powell trial.

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Published by: Ben Winslow on May 07, 2012
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STEVENCRAIGPOWELL,Defendant.COMESNOWTHESTATEOFWASHINGTON,byandthroughDeputyProsecutingAttorneysGrantBlinnandBryceNelson,andherebyadvisesthetrialcourtofissuesthatareexpectedtoariseduringtrial.
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OnDecember7,2009,SusanPowellwasreportedmissinginWestValleyCity,UT.ShewaslastseenonDecember6,2009,whilegoingtobedaftereatingamealpreparedbyherhusband,JoshPowell.
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extensivesearchensued,involvingaheavilypublicizedlargescalelawenforcementinvestigation-Tothisday,SusanPowellremainsmissing.ImmediatelyafterSusan'sldisappearance,WestValleyCityPoliceDepartment(WVCPD)
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contactedJosh.JoshquicklybecameapersonofinterestintheaggravatedkidnappingandhomicideofSusanPowell.JoshwasinterviewedbyWVCPDDetectivestwice,butafterthesecondinterviewonDecember8,2009,wasnolongerwillingtocooperatewithpolice.OnJanuary8,
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toPuyallup.ThethreemovedinwithJosh'sfather,STEVENCRAIGPOWELL,hereinafteridentifiedasthedefendant.OnMay11,2010,aconsentsearchwasperformedonthedefendant'sresidence.On
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numerousoccasionsafterherdisappearance,thedefendanthadpubliclydescribedhislovefor
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andinfatuationwithSusan.Duringtheconsentsearch,multipleimagesofSusanwerelocatedin
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alockedcabinetinthedefendant'sbedroom.InsomeoftheseimagesSusanwasclothed,andin7someoftheimagessheappearedtobeinherunderwear.Someoftheimagesappearedtohave8beentakenofSusanthroughaslightlyopeneddoorwithoutherknowledge.
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Severalimagesshowedscreencapturesofavideothedefendanttookofhimselfwhilemasturbating.Thedefendantsetupavideocamerathatrecordedatelevisionscreen.OnthetelevisionscreenwerevideoimagesofSusan.ThedefendantplacedhispenisdirectlyadjacenttotheimageofSusan'smouth,andmasturbateduntilheejaculated,all
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beingrecorded.Alsoinsidethelockedcabinetweremultiplevideocassettetapeslabeled"Susan"andwomen'sunderwear.WhenaskedhowhehadobtainedtheimagesofSusan,thedefendantsaidthathehadtakensomehimself,andhadtakensomeoffofJosh'scomputerwithoutJoshknowing.Duringthecourseoftheinvestigation,investigatorsrecoveredajournalthathadbeenwrittenbySusanfromtheWellsFargowhereshehadworked.ThejournalcoveredJanuary3,2002,thoughOctober26,2009.ThejournalindicatesthatSusankeptjournalsfromthetimeshewaseightyearsoldandtherestofherjournalswerepackedawayAfterSusandisappeared,JoshandthedefendanttoldthemediaandfriendsthattheyhadsomeofSusan'sjournalsintheirpossession.
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WVCPDDetectivesaskedJoshandthedefendanttotumoverSusan'sjoumalsthatwereintheirpossession.ThedefendantandJoshagreed,butconditionedtheiragreementonWVCPDDetectivesgivingthemSusan'sjournalsthatwereinthepossessionoflawenforcement.Essentially,JoshandthedefendantwantedtotradetheevidenceintheirpossessionfortheevidenceinthepossessionofWVCPO.WVCPDdidnotagreetoJoshandthedefendant'soffer.6Atthatpoint,thedefendantnotifiedmvestigatorsthatheandJoshwerenotgoingtoreleaseany
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journalsandwouldnotcooperateanyfurtherintheinvestigation.
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ThedefendantandJoshcreatedawebsite(www.susanpowell.org)andplacedselected9scanneddigitalImagesofSusan'sJournalentriesonline.ThedefendantandJoshappearedontheTodayShowandsaidthattheyhadover2000pagesofSusan'sjournalentriesintheirpossession.ThedefendantandJoshallowedthecameramanfromtheTodayShowtorecordSusan'sjournalsthatwerecurrentlyintheirpossession.Sevenjournalswerevisibleandrecorded.ThedefendanttoldthemediathatSusan'sjournalswereimportanttotheongoinginvestigationintoSusan'sdisappearance.ThedefendantclaimedthatthesejournalsshowedhowunstableSusanwas,anddetailedhersexualfantasiesandrelationshipswithmenbeforeshebecameinvolvedwithJosh.ThedefendantalsostatedthatheandJoshplannedonreleasingmoreofSusan'sjournalsovertime.AfterthedefendantandJoshshowedSusan'sjournalsontheTodayShow,PierceCountyShenffsDepartment(PCSO)DetectiveGarySandersdraftedasearchwarrantforthedefendant'shometoobtainpossessionofSusan'sJournals,withtheassistanceofWVCPD.SincethedefendantandJoshhadclaimedthejournalscontainedmformationpertinenttoSusan'sdisappearance,theybecamepotentiallyvitalevidenceintheongoinginvestigation.OnAugust
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