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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 with 4 Comments »
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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  1. onetuffgrandma says:

    Nothing like having a wank to photos of your dead daughter-in-law. What a class chap,this Steven Powell.

  2. BigSwingingRichard says:

    This sure seems like a situation where the Utah police need this guy to solve a Utah missing persons case, and when he refused they executed a search warrant related to that case. They then used whatever they found to go after this guy with whatever they could.

    All the evidence is circumstantial. There is no actual proof he did what he is accused of. There were many adults who had access to his room, his camera, and his house when he was not home. There is no evidence of sexual gratification by the defendant related to what is on a single disk inside his home which is required to be proved to convict on voyeurism charges.

    The access issue alone is reasonable doubt.

    Legal question:

    Is there an expectation of privacy in your own home? Is there an expectation of privacy in your own home when you leave the windows open and the shades left open in your bathroom while dressing and using the facilities opposite someone’s else’s windows?

    If someone looks out their window and records what they see, is that a crime?

    I don’t like this creep or his son, but it seems he is being railroaded and the Sheriff’s department is driving the train.

    If he is convicted, look for a deal to allow the Utah police to get what they wanted in the first place: information on Josh Powell. If the Utah police are denied the chance to get the son they can at least claim they convicted the dad of something.

    I would not be surprised if the jury lets him go based on a lack of proof.

  3. Wrapper98439 says:

    I think you’re right Richard. Dates on the discs or camera mean nothing. My camera date is off regularly. The dates that the neighbors lived there do not prove was using the camera. I am sure they can’t look at the girls and know which day it was.

  4. I know the cops are dirty and will throw anything at who they think is a perp but Im a little surprised that the prosocuters office couldnt find a clean way to stay out of this. Pierce county can make a sideshow out of anything.

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