Josh Powell's Family Wants the Killer to Be Buried Near the Sons He Burned Up

Charlie and Braden Powell.
The tragic saga grows uglier. Josh Powell's relatives, the ones he didn't trap and execute in a gas-fueled blaze Feb. 5, have picked out a plot in a Puyallup cemetery about 25 feet away from where Charlie and Braden are buried -- and they want it to be Powell's eternal resting place.

City Manager Ralph Dannenberg told The Associated Press that the surviving relatives haven't paid for it, and that any sale is on hold until promised legal action by the parents of Powell's missing wife is settled.

"We don't have any rules or procedures regarding refusing plots to anyone," Dannenberg said. "We're going to wait to see what the outcome is in court."

The boys were laid to rest in a single casket at the public Woodbine Cemetery on Saturday. More than 1,000 mourners came to pay their respects. The parents of Susan Cox Powell -- Chuck and Judy Powell -- someday hope to entomb their daughter there if ever her remains are found. She's been missing since 2009 when she disappeared from their home in West Valley City, Utah.

Seattle attorney Anne Bremner, who represents the Coxes, says she will seek a temporary restraining order to block Josh Powell from being buried at Woodbine. She said she could pursue claims against the city for emotional wrongs and outrage on behalf of the Coxes if the burial goes forward.

"For him to be buried near those kids is just unthinkable," Bremner said. "For God's sake, for them to lose Susan first, and then the boys, and now this? Just give these people a break."

Steve Downing, another attorney for the Coxes, said his office received a series of anonymous calls Tuesday afternoon reporting that Powell's relatives had come to the cemetery. Concerned, he e-mailed the city of Puyallup on Tuesday night and asked to be notified of any plans to bury Josh Powell there.

"Same cemetery, different destinations," was what he initially told his clients about the matter. But after speaking with the Coxes further, he said, they feared "they couldn't go see their daughter or their grandsons with any peace at all" if Powell's remains were nearby.

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