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Susan Powell’s Parents Want New Custody Bill in WA; Ann Rule to Write Powell Story

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Josh Powell’s in-laws are traveling to Olympia to discuss changes in how the state handles child protection.

Chuck and Judy Cox plan to join Republican Sen. Pam Roach at a news conference Thursday. The Cox family had cared for Powell’s two young boys until he killed the children and himself in a fire earlier this month.

Roach is introducing a measure that would prohibit a child custody award to a murder suspect.

Powell’s wife, Susan, has been missing since 2009 but Utah authorities never publicly labeled her disappearance as a murder. Investigators also never called Powell a suspect.

Meantime, according to The Olympian, crime writer Ann Rule is apparently making plans to write a book on the story of the missing Susan Cox Powell and her husband, Josh.

Chuck Cox, Susan Powell’s father, said he and his wife, Judy, will meet with Rule today.

– Copyright 2012 The Associated Press with contributions by tamacbsseattle

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