What happened to Sydney Powell’s mother Brenda?

A 23-year-old woman in Akron, Ohio, is on trial accused of murdering her own mother.

Sydney Powell pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and her trial began on September 7, 2023.

Sydney Powell has been charged with murder in connection with her mother's death


Sydney Powell has been charged with murder in connection with her mother’s deathPhoto credit: Summit County Sheriff

Who is Sydney Powell?

Sydney Powell lives in Akron, Ohio and is accused of murdering her mother Brenda Powell in March 2020.

A few weeks after Brenda’s death, authorities charged her then 19-year-old daughter with murder, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence. She was released on bail.

In a preliminary hearing, her father, Brenda’s husband Steve Powell, urged the court not to prosecute, stating that this is “not what anyone wants.”

“I’m trying to keep my family together,” Steve said.

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“I don’t know why we do this. That’s not what anyone here wants.”

“I don’t know how she can handle it. I don’t know how to deal with it.”

“Sydney has gotten better. I don’t want it to go backwards,” he added.

“This goes against everything Brenda would want. As parents, it’s our job to protect them.”

“The goal is to make them better, not to take a step back to prove something.”

Further information about Sydney’s personal life is currently unclear.

Who was Sydney Powell’s mother, Brenda?

In addition to being known as Sydney’s mother, Brenda gained widespread recognition for her career at Akron Children’s Hospital Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

According to her, she worked there for almost 30 years as a child life specialist in the department of hematology and oncology obituary.

During her employment at the hospital, she founded the Oncology Youth Program and often planned activities for families to help them “celebrate every success.”

“The care provided and relationships developed contributed to individual and memorable moments that would last a lifetime,” her obituary said.

A graduate of the University of Akron, Brenda has since been considered a “beautiful valued friend” who was “unconditionally” committed to her family.

Brenda Powell was married to Steve Powell


Brenda Powell was married to Steve PowellPhoto credit: Court TV

What happened to Sydney Powell’s mother Brenda?

On March 3, 2020, police officers responded to a 911 call made by someone at the University of Mount Union.

The college had contacted Sydney earlier in the day after raising concerns about her lack of attendance.

It is said that the caller heard “yelling and screaming” in the background, which prompted the emergency call CourtTV.

Upon arrival, officers found Brenda with stab wounds allegedly inflicted by her daughter.

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Brenda was quickly transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

The Summit County coroner determined that she died of “multiple sharp and blunt force injuries” and classified her death as a homicide, CourtTV reports.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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