Steven Powell's Trial Haunted by Specter of Missing Daughter-in-Law Susan Powell


Susan Powell at Heart of Steven Powell's Trial

When Susan did not show up for work the next day, police searched the Powell home and found a wet spot on the carpet and a fan blowing toward the couch, which Powell claimed to have cleaned the night before at Susan's request. He became the main person of interest in the case, but was never arrested for her disappearance. Josh quickly moved out of the house with his children and into the home of Steven Powell in Puyallup, Wash.

Following Steven Powell's arrest, the state of Washington removed Josh Powell's two sons from his custody, citing the unsafe nature of the home they shared. In February 2012, after the state ordered Josh Powell to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation in order to regain custody of his children, he blew himself and his two sons up in a fiery home explosion.

Culpepper told jurors they could expect to go into deliberations on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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