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Josh Powell’s brother Michael dies in apparent suicide

Michael C. Powell, brother of Josh Powell. Courtesy imageMINNEAPOLIS — Michael Powell, the brother who staunchly defended his brother Josh Powell and father Steve Powell in their legal proceedings, apparently committed suicide by jumping from a building in downtown Minneapolis, it was reported Tuesday.

Powell, 30, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, jumped from the multi-story Centre Village about 2:25 p.m. Monday, Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve McCarty told the Salt Lake City Tribune.  He plunged to a sidewalk next to the building and died immediately, McCarty said.

He was a major defender of his brother Josh, who killed himself and his two sons in a house explosion and fire in Graham, Wash., last February. Josh Powell was a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, Susan Cox Powell, when they lived in Utah in 2009.

He also vocally defended their father Steven Powell of Puyallup, who was convicted of voyeurism last May and is serving a prison sentence in Washington.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, which has been closely following the Powell cases, Michael Powell, at the time of his death, was involved in a legal battle in federal court in Seattle  with Susan’s parents, Chuck and Judy Cox, over $1.5 million in insurance policies issued to Josh Powell and sons Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5.

Months before his death, Josh Powell changed his policy to list Michael as the primary beneficiary. In the event of Michael’s death the money was to be split between his father and Michael’s sister, Alina Powell.  The insurance company, New York Life, filed the court action. It wants a federal judge to decide if the changes Josh Powell made to the policies were valid.


5 Comments to “Josh Powell’s brother Michael dies in apparent suicide”

    Amy said:
    February 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    The whole Powell family just needs to get it over with. There is no good in that family!

    jon said:
    February 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Michael had nothing to do with this. He was a victim of being the brother and son. He was being sued, becuase he was listed as the beneficiary. Wasnt his fault.

    laytonian said:
    February 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Michael Powell named innocent people as co-conspirators in the death of Susan Powell.
    That's all anyone needs to do.

    Robin said:
    February 13, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Michael knew his brother was a murderer and his dad was pshyco. I bet he couldnt live knowing he lied to defend his family which resulted in his brother killing his two innocent nephews. Good for him. I'm completely done with reading about the "Powell Family".

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