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Powell family wants Susan's, murdered sons' life insurance

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SALT LAKE CITY — Siblings of Josh Powell are going after millions in life insurance taken out on Susan Powell and her two slain boys. Susan's parents say they will fight to stop the Powell's from claiming any of the money.

$3.5 million is atin the Powells' claim. The Coxes say they're fighting for it not because they want it, but because they don't think the Powell family has right to it.

Before Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons, Charlie and Braden in February, he changed the beneficiaries on their life insurance policies from himself to his siblings.

Chuck Cox spoke with KIRO 7 in Seattle about the Powells' claim. He says it's not right that somebody should profit from his two grandsons being murdered.

"I know they're looking at, 'Oh goody, here's some cash.' We don't think that's right, and we want to use it to help other people," Cox said.

Cox said he's taking on the battle over the insurance money because he believes it's the right thing to do.

Anne Bremner, the attorney for the Cox family will likely argue that the Coxes were the primary care providers at the time Charlie and Braden were killed by their father. She'll also likely say that Susan Powell paid for most of the insurance premiums before she disappeared.

The bottom line is, the Coxes do not want the Powell's to benefit from the murder of their two grandsons.

Bremner also spoke to KIRO 7 in Washington Wednesday about this. She's hopeful the court will see the other factors at play here.

"The court can look at who paid the premiums, when the changes were made (and) were they appropriate," Bremner said.

The Powell family did not return calls for a comment. Mediation in the case will be in federal court in Tacoma next month.


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