Judge blocks move to suppress key Powell evidence

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A judge in Washington has cleared the way for the voyeurism trial of missing Utah mother Susan Powell’s father-in-law.

Judge Ronald Culpepper dismissed Steve Powell’s motion Tuesday to suppress evidence collected during a search of his home last year. Those key pieces of evidence include thousands of images of females being videotaped without their knowledge.

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

Prosecutors say the warrant was necessary for investigators looking into Susan Powell’s 2009 disappearance.

Culpepper determined that there was probable cause to search the home.

Josh Powell killed himself and the couple’s two children earlier this year.

Steve Powell’s trial is scheduled to start May 7.