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Category: Josh Powell

Feb.
12th

Josh Powell’s brother commits suicide in Minnesota

One of Josh Powell’s siblings reportedly killed himself by jumping off a parking garage in Minneapolis today.

Micheal Powell, one of Josh Powell’s three siblings, often defended his brother, who killed himself and his two young sons last year after setting their Graham rental home on fire.

Here’s a link to The Salt Lake Tribune story.

Feb.
5th

Vigil tonight in Graham to remember Charlie and Braden Powell on anniversary of deaths

 

A candlelight vigil will be held in Graham this evening to remember 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden Powell on the anniversary of their deaths.

The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at 8119 189th St. Court E. It will be held in the lot that once housed the home Josh Powell rented to spend time with his sons during supervised visits.

A year ago, Powell blocked a social worker from entering the house, attacked his sons with a machete and lit the house on fire. The blast killed the boys and Powell.

Attendees are asked to bring a candle

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Feb.
1st

Public hearing held today for bill in honor of Powell boys

The grandparents of Charlie and Braden Powell will testify this morning at a Senate committee hearing on a bill that would prohibit murder suspects from being granted custody of their children.

Senate Bill 5162, also called the Charlie-Braden Act, is named in honor of the boys who were killed Feb. 5, 2012, when their father struck them with a hatchet and set ablaze their rental house in Graham.

Josh Powell was in the middle of a custody battle with the boys’ grandparents, Chuck and Judy Cox, when he killed himself and his sons. The state awarded him supervised visits with

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Dec.
3rd

Angel statue installed beside Powell boys’ grave site

A 10,000-pound marble angel is being installed today above the shared graveside of Charlie and Braden Powell.

The statue will be set at the top of the children’s hill of Puyallup’s Woodbine Cemetery and will be formally revealed Thursday during a 7 p.m. vigil for children who are lost.

The $40,000 project is paid for by donations that flooded in after the community heard the boys’ father, Josh Powell, was to be buried near his sons.

Josh Powell killed the boys, ages 7 and 5, by blowing up their rental home in Graham during a supervised visit.

Pierce County Sheriff

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Aug.
6th

Steven Powell sued for damages in voyeurism case

Steven Craig Powell faces more legal action stemming from his surreptitious videotaping of two neighbor girls while they bathed or used the toilet.

The girls’ mother filed a civil lawsuit against Powell, 62, last week in Pierce County Superior Court. The woman seeks damages on behalf of her daughters for invasion of privacy and “severe emotional distress.”

“Defendant Steven Powell’s offensive and unlawful conduct of watching and filming plaintiff’s most intimate private affairs was extreme and outrageous in that it went beyond all possible bounds of decency and is utterly intolerable in a civilized society,” the woman’s attorney, Anne Bremner,

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Aug.
2nd

Lawyers representing Susan Cox Powell preparing to file damages claim against state in deaths of Charlie and Braden

Seattle attorneys James S. Rogers and Anne Bremner are preparing to file a claim for damages against the state of Washington on behalf of missing Utah mother Susan Cox Powell. The claim will accuse the state of negligence in the deaths of Powell’s sons, Charlie and Braden.

Rogers and Bremner filed paperwork in Pierce County Superior Court on Monday seeking to have a guardian ad litem appointed to represent Powell’s interests in a “cause of action for injuries allegedly sustained as a result of negligence of State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services, resulting in the death of

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Aug.
2nd

DSHS says it should have consulted with authorities about Josh Powell visiting his sons

The state might have banned Josh Powell from having his two young sons at his Graham house if they had known Utah authorities considered him a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of his wife, according to a Department of Social and Health Services report released today.

Having that information means “the department could have evaluated him differently for domestic violence and not allowed in-home visits with the boys.”

When a case worker brought Powell’s sons – Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5 –for a supervised visit Feb. 5, Powell attacked the boys with a hatchet before setting the home

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