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Attorneys in the Steven Powell porn case due back in court Friday

Published: Thursday, March 29 2012 2:53 p.m. MDT

TACOMA, Wash — Attorneys involved in the voyeurism and child pornography case of Steven Powell are scheduled to be back in a Washington courtroom Friday.

A Pierce County Superior Court judge is expected to consider a motion to unseal a search warrant served on the Puyallup home of Steven Powell and his son, Josh Powell, in August of 2011. Prosecutors said they didn't intend to contest the motion and expected the documents would likely be unsealed.

Steven Powell, 61, has been in jail since September when he was charged with with 14 counts of voyeurism and one count of possession of materials of minors engaged in explicit conduct. He is accused of taking pictures of two neighbor girls, then ages 8 and 10, through an open window into their bathroom without their knowledge in 2006 and 2007.

The pictures were discovered during West Valley police's search of the Powells' home as they looked for evidence in connection with the disappearance of Josh Powell's wife, Susan Cox Powell. Susan Powell has been missing from Utah since 2009. Josh Powell murdered his two young sons and then killed himself by setting his rental home in Graham, Wash., on fire earlier this year.

Steven Powell's defense attorneys say the evidence collected from the Powell house should be thrown out because the search was unconstitutional. A hearing on that matter is scheduled for April 23. Powell's trial is scheduled to begin May 7.

Pat Reavy Twitter: DNewsCrimeTeam

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