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Jury now deliberating voyeurism case against Steven Powell

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on May 15, 2012 at 11:10 am |
May 15, 2012 11:29 am

Lawyers delivered their closing arguments this morning in the trial of Steven Powell, who’s charged with 14 counts of voyeurism for allegedly taking photos of two neighbor girls while they bathed or used the toilet.

The jury of six men and six women got the case about 10:45 a.m.

Deputy prosecutor Grant Blinn told jurors the evidence against Powell was overwhelming.

Detectives found a compact disc containing images of the girls – then ages 10 and 8 – in Powell’s bedroom during a search last year, Blinn said. The photos were taken with the same make and model camera detectives found in Powell’s room, Blinn added.

The disc contained photos of Powell himself acting in sexually explicit ways, the deputy prosecutor continued.

“Steven Powell’s secret is out,” Blinn said.

Defense attorney Travis Currie countered that prosecutors had not proven their case beyond the highest legal standard of reasonable doubt.

Police did not check the camera or CD for fingerprints, among other things, Currie told jurors.

He also said it was possible the disc belonged to someone who just tossed it into a cardboard box in Powell’s room.

“They’ve presented what they think probably happened,” Currie said of prosecutors. “But is an alternative theory possible? The state hasn’t met its burden.”

Blinn scoffed at that during his rebuttal argument. Other theories are possible but not reasonable, he said.

“And Steven Powell’s prints were on that disc: his digital prints, images of him naked, urinating and masturbating,” Blinn said.

Powell’s case has generated national media interest because of his connection to missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell. He’s her father-in-law.

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