Steven Powell closing arguments expected Tuesday



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Posted on May 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Updated Monday, May 14 at 5:26 PM

TACOMA, Wash. – Closing arguments in the Steven Powell are expected Tuesday morning after both sides rested their case Monday.

Powell is charged with 14 counts of felony voyeurism. A judge threw out the child pornography charge against him last week.

The trial is garnering additional attention because of Steven Powell’s son, Josh.

Josh Powell is suspected in the disappearance of his wife, Susan, in Utah in 2009. Josh Powell killed himself and his two young sons in February after setting fire to his Graham, Wash., home.

Jennifer Graves, Steven Powell’s daughter, testified Monday that there were no other men living in Powell’s house in the summer of 2006 when the illegal images were allegedly taken.

After testifying, Graves said her father has long history with pornography.

"With pornography, you don't sit on the fence. You either get worse or you get better. You take steps to improve, and get that out of your life or you go down the path and you end up doing worse and worse things. So, it's not a surprise to me to have him end up right where he is now," said Graves.

Earlier in the morning, two members of the West Valley City, Utah, Police Department took the stand. Det. Ellis Maxwell said when they found images of naked girls on a disc found in Steven Powell’s bedroom, they contacted Pierce County authorities. Maxwell identified photos of the camcorder police found in Powell’s bedroom in August. During cross examination, Maxwell said there were other adults and children in the house at the time of the raid last summer.

West Valley Police Sergeant Todd Gray told jurors he found journals allegedly kept by Steven Powell. Jurors saw a copy of an entry allegedly written by Powell in 2004. According to the entry, Powell said he liked photographing women of all ages for sexual gratification.

Both sides rested their cases around 10:30 a.m. Jurors were told to go home and return Tuesday morning for closing arguments and to begin deliberations.

Afterward, Graves and Susan Powell's sister, Denise, hugged in the courtroom hallway.

After court was adjourned for the day, defense attorneys asked the judge to dismiss all but two of the 14 counts. They argued that each victim of the two girls shown in the photos was only a victim once, not seven times. Prosecutors countered, saying the clothing and background changed over multiple photographs, suggesting it happened over several days.

The judge denied the motion to dismiss the charges, citing the changing clothes and scenery and that the evidence appears in separate computer file folders

Police found their evidence against Powell while looking into Susan's disappearance, but her name has barely been mentioned during the trial. Her father, Chuck Cox, was hoping to learn more about her case during the proceedings. He said Monday the trail has been "a colossal waste of my time."

Prior to the start of the trial, some photos of Susan Powell were tossed out as evidence by the judge because she was not considered one of the alleged victims in the voyeurism case.

KING 5's Travis Pittman contributed to this report.