A state judge has found that a search warrant used when images of females being videotaped without their knowledge were found in Steven Powell's home was proper. His trial on charges of voyeurism and child pornography is to begin May 7.

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TACOMA — A state judge on Tuesday cleared the way for the voyeurism trial of the father-in-law of missing mother Susan Powell, dismissing his request to suppress key evidence in the case.

Judge Ronald Culpepper determined authorities had a proper search warrant when they scoured Steven Powell’s home last year. In that search, they uncovered thousands of images of females being videotaped without their knowledge, including Susan Powell.

Steven Powell faces several voyeurism charges and one count of possession of child pornography. His trial is set to start May 7.

Powell’s attorneys had argued the warrant was illegal, saying it was essentially a fishing expedition designed to gather general evidence against his son Josh, Susan Powell’s husband, who was living with Steven Powell.

Culpepper determined there was probable cause to search the home.