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Experts: Utah police likely had enough on Powell

SEATTLE (AP) - Legal experts say prosecutors in Utah could have won a conviction had they charged Josh Powell with his wife's murder - even without having her body as evidence.
GENE JOHNSON
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) - Legal experts say prosecutors in Utah could have won a conviction had they charged Josh Powell with his wife's murder - even without having her body as evidence.

So called "no-body" convictions have occurred all over the country, including in Utah. Scholars, defense lawyers and other prosecutors who have followed the Powell case believe Utah authorities very likely could have convicted him had they pressed forward with the case.

Powell was never arrested in his wife's December 2009 disappearance from their Utah home. He moved to Washington state weeks later, and earlier this year killed their two young sons and himself.

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