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Abduction suspect seeks to suppress evidence

Steven Powers

ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—One of the three defendants in the Jasmine Block abduction case is seeking to suppress evidence.

Steven Powers, 20, appeared in court on Thursday, Feb. 15. He faces charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment.

Powers' attorney requested another hearing, during which they plan to file motions to suppress evidence, according to Douglas County attorney Chad Larson. It is not clear yet what evidence they seek to suppress.

The next hearing, called a contested omnibus hearing, has yet to be scheduled but likely will take place in April.

Jasmine Block gained national attention after police say she escaped from three men after being held captive for nearly a month. She disappeared from her Alexandria home in August 2017.

The other two men charged in the case also have upcoming court appearances. Thomas Barker, who faces two counts of kidnapping, two counts of criminal sexual conduct, second-degree assault and false imprisonment, will appear for a hearing on Thursday, March 8, at 9 a.m. Joshua Holby, who pleaded not guilty to two counts of kidnapping and false imprisonment on Thursday, Jan. 11, is scheduled for a settlement hearing on Wednesday, April 18, at 9 a.m.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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