Lawyers seek to suppress search of Powell home

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Posted: Mar 06, 2012 5:44 PM
Lawyers seek to suppress search of Powell home

Lawyers for the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell are trying to suppress evidence seized from his home last summer.

Steve Powell is set to face trial later this month on charges of voyeurism and child pornography. Investigators said that when they searched his home looking for evidence in Susan Powell's disappearance, they found images of women who had been unknowingly photographed and of two neighbor girls taking baths.

In a new motion, attorney Mark Quigley is asking a judge to throw out a compact photo disk recovered from a locked compartment in his bedroom. Quigley says the police were looking for copies of Susan Powell's journals, but they had no reason to believe the journals would contain any evidence of a crime.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says the search was done meticulously.

Susan Powell's husband, Josh, killed himself and their two children in a fire at his rental home last month.