A Pierce County Superior Court judge ruled that law enforcement officers did have probable cause to search Steven Powell’s house and the evidence seized can be used at trial.
Before issuing his decision, Judge Ronald Culpepper recounted the facts of Susan Cox Powell’s disappearance. The judge said law enforcement made a “very reasonable inference” that Josh Powell was involved in his wife’s mysterious disappearance.
Steven Powell will learn this morning whether a search warrant used to go through his South Hill-area home last year – and the evidence collected as a result – was valid.
A ruling for Powell, the father-in-law of Susan Cox Powell, would likely prompt prosecutors to dismiss the 15 charges against him.
A ruling for prosecutors would mean Powell’s voyeurism and possession of child pornography case marches forward toward trial next month.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper is expected to deliver his decision at 9 a.m.Read more here: