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Steven Powell trial likely to proceed May 7 as scheduled

Published: Thursday, April 26 2012 4:05 p.m. MDT

TACOMA, Wash — Steven Powell, who is charged with voyeurism and possession of child pornography, will likely stand trial as scheduled in less than two weeks.

Attorneys for both sides met with Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper Wednesday to work out a final schedule for the trial. There was a concern that the trial would be postponed because the judge had another case also scheduled during that time.

But Grant Blinn, with the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office, said it has now been worked out and the trial will likely proceed as scheduled on May 7.

Earlier this week, Culpepper ruled that evidence collected out of Powell's house in August, which led to his arrest, would be admissible in court.

Powell, 62, has been in jail since his arrest in September on charges of 14 counts of voyeurism and one count of possession of materials of minors engaged in explicit conduct.

Jury selection will start on May 7 and likely last about two days. Once attorneys start calling witnesses, the trial should last about a week. The entire court process should take a little less than two weeks.

The state has already submitted its list of potential witnesses for the trial. It includes  more than a dozen people, including officers from the West Valley Police Department and Jennifer Graves, Steven Powell's estranged daughter and the sister of Josh Powell.

The defense had not submitted its witness list as of Thursday.

Steven Powell is 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 taken secretly without the subjects' knowledge or consent.

The photographs were among thousands of other pictures, including some of his daughter-in-law, missing West Valley mother Susan Cox Powell, that police say they discovered when they conducted a search of Josh and Steven Powell's home for Susan's diaries. Investigators searched the Puyallup, Wash., home looking for information that would help them in the Susan Powell case.

Alina Powell, one of Steven Powell's daughters, believes the evidence collected against her father was fabricated. She said after a hearing earlier this week that she doubted her father would be able to get a fair trial.

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