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Josh Powell case spurs bill banning child custody for murder suspects

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm with No Comments »
February 22, 2012 2:39 pm

Here’s the title of a title-only bill that Sen. Pam Roach is introducing tomorrow:

Relating to prohibiting a child custody award to a suspect in an active murder investigation.

It’s not clear what standard would be used to consider someone a “suspect” before they are charged with a crime. The bill so far has no content other than a title. Roach is having a press conference Thursday with Chuck and Judy Cox, the grandparents of the slain Charlie and Braden Powell, to talk about “serious problems” within DSHS.

Deadlines for moving legislation have already passed, so this will likely have to wait until next year.

Here’s our story on DSHS seeing warning signs before Josh Powell killed his children.

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