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

  1. Jaime says:

    My heart goes out to the Coxes in their time of mourning….I hope that these regulations and bills do get passed….to protect children in any such future cases. Keep strong Cox family, God bless you.

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