The parents of Susan Powell were awarded on Friday $98 million in a lawsuit against the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services over their grandsons’ murders.
The state Department of Children, Youth, and Families said it plans to review the jury’s decision and determine next steps.
Josh Powell, Chuck and Judy Cox’s son-in-law, set fire to his home in Graham on February 5, 2012 with the two young boys inside. Charlie and Braden Powell were inside for a supervised visit with their father when the home exploded into flames.
BREAKING: The parents of Susan Cox Powell have just been awarded $98 million in their lawsuit against @waDSHS over the 2012 murders of grandsons Charlie & Braden Powell during a supervised visit in Graham @KIRORadio @KSLcom @ashergrey https://t.co/JMXuYoK7p3
— Hanna Scott (@HannaKIROFM) July 31, 2020
Charlie and Braden were living with their grandparents, the Coxes, when they were killed. Their mother, Susan, was reported missing on Dec. 6, 2009 by Josh, who told police he took the boys camping in the Utah desert that night. He said his wife was gone when he returned home. A custody battle ensued as investigators closed in on Josh Powell as a suspect.
Attorney Ted Buck told jurors as opening arguments got underway at the Pierce County Courthouse in February, 2019 that the state was obligated to the Powell boys in two ways that day seven years ago.
“First, they owed them the obligation of having a supervisor who was trained and capable of doing the job of being able