The remnants of the house in Graham, Washington that Josh Powell blew up with himself and his two young sons inside were demolished and removed Wednesday.
Contractor Greg Pelland told KOMO that his company was hired to take away everything that was left after the fatal explosion, including the driveway and the foundation. According to the Tacoma News Tribune, residents said that the debris was a constant reminder of the February 5 tragedy and that outsiders still come around the neighborhood just to see it.
Neighbors have discussed creating a park dedicated to victims Charlie and Braden Powell on the land, but it is still unclear what will ultimately happen to the property.
Meanwhile, attorneys for Josh Powell’s father Steven are fighting to get key evidence thrown out in the case against him for voyeurism and possession of child pornography. They argued in court filings that the search warrant used to obtain a CD containing allegedly incriminating images of minors was overly broad.
Prosecutors responded in a motion Thursday, claiming that Steven Powell’s own words and actions made his digital media storage devices and discs relevant to the investigation of Susan Powell’s December 2009 disappearance and possible murder. Josh Powell was a person of interest in that case, and the evidence was found during a search of Steven’s Puyallup home in August 2011 that was intended to uncover copies of journals written by Susan.
According to the motion, Josh and Steven Powell told the media that they had 2,000 pages of Susan’s journals, showed reporters copies on a computer and posted excerpts on their website, all of which led investigators to believe that the documents existed in some digital form.
“The journals are the words of a missing mother who is the victim in a homicide investigation,” the motion stated. “She cannot speak for herself. Her journals are necessary to help police get a better understanding of her life and find out information that would help them develop further leads.”
While Powell’s attorneys claimed that the warrant was unnecessary because he was cooperating with authorities, prosecutors wrote that he and his son tried to trade the journals they had for a copy of a more recent one that police had discovered and that Steven Powell eventually even withdrew that offer. Defense attorneys questioned the relevance of the journals to the Susan Powell case, but prosecutors noted that Steven himself told the media he thought they were significant because they described her relationships with other men, her sexual fantasies and how unstable she was.
Prosecutors also alleged that Powell and his son made digital media “necessary evidence in the investigation” by posting digitally scanned images and typed transcripts of entries online. As a result, they argued, law enforcement was justified in seeking a search warrant that included “any type of device that could store digital media such as electronic and or digital copies of Susan Powell’s journals.”
A hearing on the motion to suppress the evidence is set for April 23, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.