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Chad Daybell trial – live: Second day of jury selection concludes for husband of ‘cult mom’ Lori Vallow

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The husband of “doomsday cult mom” Lori Vallow is finally having his day in court as he goes on trial over the triple-murder case that shocked America.

Chad Daybell’s trial began on Monday in Ada County Courthouse, Idaho, with jury selection, which is expected to last a week. The trial is expected to last eight to 10 weeks.

The 55-year-old doomsday author and father-of-five is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft over the deaths of his first wife Tammy Daybell, and his second wife Vallow’s children, Tylee Ryan, 16, and son Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7.

Tylee and JJ vanished in September 2019, with Tammy dying suddenly the next month.

As Vallow and Mr Daybell jetted to Hawaii to marry on a beach, a desperate search got under way to find the missing children. In June 2020, their res were found in a pet cemetery on Mr Daybell’s property.

Last year, Vallow was convicted of all charges over the three murders and was sentenced to life in prison. At her trial, jurors heard how she, Mr Daybell and her late brother Alex Cox were fuelled, in part, by their bizarre cult beliefs.

If convicted, he faces the death penalty or life in prison.

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RECAP: Day 2 of jury selection in Chad Daybell’s trial

On Tuesday, several potential jurors were dismissed because they said the long time commitment of the weeks-long trial would present undue hardship.

However, 20 potential jurors advanced to the next round in the jury selection process. The 20th juror advanced just before lunch break and court was dismissed early.

The jury pool needs to reach 50 people before the prosecution and the defence began to strike in order to whittle it down to 18 seated jurors – with six of those being alternates.

Jury selection is expected to take about a week. Eighteen jurors will be picked, with six of them serving as alternates.

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JJ’s grandparents return to Idaho for second shot at justice

Larry Woodcock, the grandfather of Lori Vallow’s murdered seven-year-old son JJ Vallow, told The Independent that they will be back in the Ada County courtroom later this week and will be staying during the duration of Chad Daybell’s trial.

Mr Woodcock and his wife Kay, who is Charles Vallow’s sister, were regulars at Lori’s trial last year.

They’ll return this year, traveling from their home in Louisiana, for another shot of justice.

In a recent interview, Mr Woodcock told East Idaho News that he believes prosecutors will prove their case against the alleged cult leader, who he described as a “wimp of a man”.

“I’m totally confident that he’ll be found guilty,” Mr Woodcock said. “If you took a picture of Chad on April 1 in court and you found a picture of him four years ago when he was in court, I don’t think there’s any change.

“His demeanour hasn’t changed, his attitude hasn’t changed – he’s so blasé and just a wimp of a man.”

Andrea Cavallier2 April 2024 21:15

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Jury selection ends for the day

Jury selection has ended for the day in Chad Daybell’s trial in Ada County.

Twenty jurors have been passed, but 30 more are still needed before reaching a jury pool of 50.

The judge, the prosecution, and the defence will use the time this afternoon to review juror questionnaires.

Court resumes Wednesday morning at 9amMT/11amET.

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Jury pool up to 20

There are now 20 potential jurors advancing to the next round in the jury selection process. The 20th juror advanced just before lunch break.

The pool needs to reach 50 people before the prosecution and the defence began to strike in order to whittle it down to 18 seated jurors – with six of those being alternates.

Jury selection is expected to last a week.

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Will Lori Vallow be called to testify at Daybell’s trial?

When Chad Daybell’s attorney John Prior was asked by KIVI-TV if Lori Vallow would be called to testify in the triple murder trial of her husband, he responded:

“It’s possible. Anybody who’s connected to a case may be called,” Mr Prior said.

“I want to be clear. I’m not telling you that I am, the state is or anybody else is. Anybody could be called — if you have involvement in this case — potentially you could be called to be a witness in this case.”

Following the TV interview, Judge Steven Boyce promptly placed all attorneys under a gag order until after jury selection and opening statements.

Mr Prior, who attended Vallow’s trial last spring, is the only lawyer working on Daybell’s case.

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Tammy Daybell’s siblings release statement as trial begins

Tammy Daybell’s siblings released a statement on 1 April as Chad Daybell’s murder trial gets underway.

“While the trial brings its own set of challenges, our love for Tammy fuels our determination to make a positive, lasting impact in her name. Through our work together, we honor her memory and foster literacy in our community; something she worked her whole life to achieve,” Michael Douglas, Tammy’s oldest sibling and the foundation’s CFO, said in the statement.

“Though we are dedicated to continuing Tammy’s life work, we also carry the weight of profound grief as we navigate the challenges ahead. Today, as the trial begins, our hearts are heavy with the reminder of the woman we have lost,” according to the statement.

The 49-year-old wife of Daybell died suddenly in her sleep in October 2019. Three weeks later, Daybell married Lori Vallow.

When Tammy’s body was exhumed for an autopsy in 2020, it was discovered that she had died “at the hands of another and died of asphyxiation.” Daybell is charged with her murder.

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Late jurors delay Daybell jury selection proceedings

Day two of Chad Daybell’s trial was delayed due to late jurors.

Steven Judge Boyce apologized to the court for the late start.

There are 14 out of 16 jurors at the courthouse.

One of them is 30 minutes away. The other is not responding to calls.

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Watch live: Day 2 of Chad Daybell’s trial is underway

Chad Daybell’s triple murder trial continues Tuesday with a second day of jury selection.

The attorneys are in Judge Steven Boyce’s chambers. Daybell sits alone at the defence table.

Sixteen potential jurors were chosen on Monday to advance. A pool of 50 potential jurors is needed before both the state and the defence can begin to strike.

Jury selection is expected to last about a week.

Eventually, there will be 18 jurors which includes six alternates for the eight to 10 week trial in Ada County, Idaho.

Watch the livestream of the proceedings here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBqJar62Olg

Andrea Cavallier2 April 2024 16:22

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Is Chad Daybell the mastermind behind the murders?

Chad Daybell has been known by many different names over the years: Gravedigger, “doomsday” author, alleged cult leader – but could he also soon be known as a convicted killer?

Over the next eight to 10 weeks, a jury in Ada County will make that decision. His wife Lori Vallow was convicted last Spring – but was she the mastermind behind it all or was he?

In a dramatic closing statement last year, Vallow’s lawyers argued that she had been “under the control” of Daybell, under the spell of the “craziness” of his cult beliefs.

“One year after meeting Chad, four people are dead,” they said. “But is Lori a leader or a follower of Chad? She so wants to be a leader but she’s not leading anyone.”

“She’s following Chad. She thinks Chad is following Jesus but he’s not. He’s unfortunately being led by the storm – not the first guy to be led by the storm.”

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Chad Daybell’s arrest and charges

Daybell was arrested on 9 June 2020 and booked into the Fremont County Jail after the res of Lori Vallow’s children were found in his Rexburg, Idaho backyard.

He had left the house during the search as Rexburg Police, Fremont County Sheriff deputies and the FBI swarmed the property and began a dig that lasted for hours. But he was arrested a short time later.

Daybell has shown little to no emotion at his court appearances over the past four years.

On 21 March, he was transferred from Fremont County Jail to the Ada County Jail in Boise in preparation for his trial.

Daybell is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of the two children and the death of his former wife Tammy. He’s also charged with insurance fraud.

Prosecutors say that the couple conspired with Vallow’s brother Alex Cox to kill the children and Daybell’s wife both as part of their doomsday beliefs – but also to collect life insurance money, the kids’ social security and survivor benefits.

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