Witness testimony begins in the Steven Powell trial

Witness testimony in the voyeurism trial of Steven Powell began Wednesday, more than two years after his daughter-in-law Susan Cox Powell disappeared, and three months after Steven's son Josh Powell blew up his home, killing himself and his two sons.

Steven Powell faces 14 counts of voyeurism in what prosecutors believe will be an open and shut case. He is accused of, among other things, photographing a former neighbor and her two daughters bathing and using the bathroom without their knowledge.

"The evidence will show the defendant photographed these girls for sexual gratification," said Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor Bryce Nelson. "That is voyeurism."

The first witness was Powell's former neighbor. Photographs of the neighbor and her two daughters were discovered in Powell's home in August 2011. The photographs were zoomed in on their genital areas, said the witness under testimony

Detectives also said they found similar images of at least five other girls.

"They were all young females age 10 to late teens, zoomed in on their legs, buttocks, things like that," said detective Gary Sanders of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. 

Powell's attorney, Mark Quigley, noted that both Josh Powell and his brother were also living in Steven Powell's home when the pictures were taken and that it was impossible to know who took or viewed the images.

He also said that he does not anticipate that Steven Powell will testify.

The trial will resume Monday, when several other witnesses, including Powell's estranged daughter Jennifer Graves, will testify.