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Opening statements begin in Steve Powell trial

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Opening statements are under way in the voyeurism trial of Steve Powell, the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – His secrets are exposed.

That’s what a Washington state prosecutor told a jury during opening statements in the trial of Steven Powell.

Powell is accused of 14-counts of voyeurism.

But Powell’s attorney told jurors the evidence doesn’t show that a crime was committed.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Bryce Higley outlined a history of the victims. They were neighbors that moved into the area in 2006.

Higley says their bathroom was directly across from Steven Powell’s bedroom. And that is where, according to Higley the video taping took place.

"The evidence shows this is voyeurism,” Higley says. “D.C. didn't know that the defendant Steven Powell had a secret. But we do."

That secret, according to Higley, was that Powell liked to hide in his bedroom and roll his video camera on his two young neighbors and many other victims throughout the area.

“The defendant wrote 'he likes video shots of pretty girls and short skirts beautiful women of every age and he uses the images for self-stimulation," Higley told jurors.

Those video recordings and Powell’s diary were found in his home last August when West Valley police and Pierce County Washington detectives executed a search warrant. They were looking for evidence linking Josh Powell to the disappearance of his wife Susan Cox Powell.

But Powell's attorney says the evidence won't hold up.

"We will challenge the evidence, every piece of evidence will be challenged,” defense attorney Mark Quigley said in his opening statement.

Quigley told jurors they won't have many witnesses and not to expect Steven Powell to take the stand. He says it wasn’t necessary.

He told jurors that in the end the state can't show that a crime happened.

“Also consider what you don't hear,” Quigley told jurors. “What you don't know. You'll have to decide if the state carried its burden. We are confident the evidence is not sufficient.
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