"Then we need to say where we’re going to go," Nielsen told KUTV. "We need to get some closure for us on our criminal case, so in the next couple weeks we’ll probably sit down and have a decision made and go meet with the judge and prosecutors on where we’re at."
An email Josh Powell sent to his attorney — and to a number of other people — helped police confirm that he deliberately set the fatal fire.
Jeffrey Bassett, who represented Josh Powell in the custody case, said he received a three-word email from his client just minutes before Powell and his two boys died in the fire.
"I’m sorry, goodbye," the email said.
The message arrived about 10 minutes before the fire broke out, but Bassett didn’t see it until two hours later, when others told him Josh Powell and the boys had been killed.
Bassett said he knew Josh Powell was upset after a judge last week ordered that his sons remain in the custody of their grandparents, Chuck and Judy Cox. The judge also ordered Josh Powell to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation and a polygraph test in connection with explicit images found at his West Valley City home.
Josh Powell also may have been feeling pressure in his role as the only person of interest publicly named by police in the disappearance of his wife from their Utah residence in December 2009.
But in documents filed by Josh Powell just five days ago in the Pierce County custody case, he defended himself as a "stable and loving parent," despite the hardships he was facing since his wife’s disappearance.
"I miss my wife, and so do many other people," he wrote to the court. "It has created a very difficult circumstance for our entire family. I have recently heard rumblings that some people are dipping deep down to the bottom of the barrel in a desperate effort to find and manufacture fault with me due to their attitudes.
"A lesser person would fall under the intense scrutiny that I am facing, but apparently my inherent resilience as a person makes it increasingly difficult for them to pursue their agendas. I am standing tall for my sons, but it deeply hurts to face such ridicule and abuse."
The Coxes were "absolutely devastated" by the loss of their grandchildren, according to their lawyer.
"It’s the most horrifying thing you can imagine happening," said Steve Downing, who represented Susan Powell’s parents in the custody fight. "They were always very fearful of him doing something like this, and he did it."« Previous Page Next Page »