Testimony has ended in the voyeurism trial of Steve Powell, father-in-law of missing Utah mother Susan Powell.
TACOMA — Testimony in the voyeurism trial of Steve Powell, the father-in-law of missing Utah mother Susan Powell, came to an abrupt end Monday as prosecutors rested their case and defense attorneys declined to call their own witnesses.
The final volley of information explored a brief slice of Steve Powell’s personal journals, concluding a trial with a very narrow scope. Neither side examined Steve Powell’s relationship with Susan Powell, whose 2009 disappearance triggered scrutiny of the Washington man.
Steve Powell was never called to testify. He faces 14 voyeurism counts, including accusations that he filmed two neighbor girls using their second-floor bathroom.
Defense attorneys have at times pointed out that other people lived in Steve Powell’s home, including Susan Powell’s husband for a time after her disappearance. Josh Powell was being investigated in her disappearance before he killed himself and the couple’s two boys this year.
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Susan Powell’s father, Chuck Cox, said he wished his daughter had been a larger focus of the testimony in the trial. Authorities have said many images in Steve Powell’s files were of Susan Powell and were taken without her knowledge.
Steve Powell was arrested in the voyeurism case last year after authorities investigating Susan Powell’s disappearance searched his home and found the images. Steve Powell faces a standard sentence of about four years if convicted, but the state has alleged aggravating factors that could result in a longer term. Closing arguments were set for Tuesday.