Jury deliberates Powell voyeurism case; verdict likely on Wednesday

Jury deliberates Powell voyeurism case; verdict likely on Wednesday

TACOMA, Wash. (ABC 4 News) - A Washington state jury began deliberations shortly before noon in the Steven Powell voyeurism trial. The jury later informed the court that they would need more time and would continue deliberations on Wednesday.
TACOMA, Wash. (ABC 4 News) - A Washington state jury began deliberations shortly before noon in the Steven Powell voyeurism trial. The jury later informed the court that they would need more time and would continue deliberations on Wednesday.

Powell is facing 14-counts of voyeurism for allegedly taking video recordings of two neighbor girls.

During closing arguments, the prosecution told the jury only one person could have video taped the two young girls. Among the evidence seized at Steven Powell's home was a video recording of himself.

"His prints were on the disc," Blinn says. "It was him naked, urinating and masturbating."

The prosecution says forensic evidence showed Powell is behind the camera. Police found a camcorder in Powell's bedroom with the video recordings of the two victims.

During the trial, police confirmed the disc containing the recordings of the girls was from the same camera. And they also told the jury there was only one angle the recordings could have been made: from Steven Powell's bedroom window.

Blinn also told jurors that Powell admitted in his journals that he was video taping his victims for self-gratification.

"He writes in the journals that he likes video shots of girls in skirts and shorts for self-gratification," Blinn says. "The defendants own words are coming back to haunt him.”

During closing arguments by the defense, Travis Currie told jurors "it's reasonable" to believe a crime was committed. But he says a "criminal case is about what can be proven. It's not what you feel, but what can be proven."

Currie also attempted to cast doubt on the evidence presented in court.

"Is it beyond reasonable doubt?" he asks. "Is there an explanation? Isn’t it possible it (the video recordings) could have been taken from a different location? Why didn’t they (detectives) turn around and look at other locations? Isn’t it possible?”

Stay tuned to ABC 4 News for any further developments.


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