April 12, 2024

Chad Daybell hearing: Jury selection begins in murder trial for husband of ‘cult mother’ Lori Vallow

Related video: Lori Vallow is sentenced to life in prison

The husband of ‘doomsday cult mom’ Lori Vallow will finally have his day in court as he stands trial over the triple murder case that shocked America.

Chad Daybell’s trial began Monday morning at the Ada County Courthouse, Idaho, with jury selection expected to last a week. The process is expected to take 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 in the deaths of his first wife Tammy Daybell and his second wife’s children Vallow, Tylee. Ryan, 16, and son Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7.

Tylee and JJ disappeared in September 2019, and Tammy died suddenly the following month.

As Vallow and Mr. Daybell flew to Hawaii to get married on a beach, a desperate search began to find the missing children. In June 2020, their remains were found in a pet cemetery on Mr Daybell’s property.

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

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

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WATCH: Moment Chad Daybell was confronted by a reporter about missing children

Lori Vallow’s husband was cornered and questioned about the children’s whereabouts

Andrea CavallierApril 2, 2024 5:00 am

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ICYMI: What we know about Chad Daybell’s case as the trial begins

The husband of ‘doomsday cult mom’ Lori Vallow will finally have his day in court as he stands trial over the triple murder case that shocked America.

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 in the deaths of his first wife Tammy Daybell and his second wife’s children Vallow, Tylee. Ryan, 16, and son Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7.

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

Watch the twisted saga here:

Chad Daybell’s murder trial begins. Is he a mastermind of the doomsday cult?

It’s a bizarre and tragic case of murder, unexplained deaths and apocalyptic cult beliefs about killing zombies – which first played out in court when Lori Vallow was on trial. Now her husband Chad Daybell, author of Judgment Day, will stand before a jury. Is he the true mastermind behind all this? Andrea Cavallier and Rachel Sharp explain what to expect in the next chapter of the twisty saga

Andrea CavallierApril 2, 2024 3:00 am

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Where is Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell’s wife?

Lori Vallow has been behind bars since January 2020 when she was arrested in Hawaii and extradited to Idaho for failing to comply with a court order to present her children to authorities.

The case was largely put on hold when Vallow was found not mentally competent to stand trial. She then spent almost a year in a mental health facility before being declared competent in May 2022 and the case heard through the courts.

The death penalty was taken off the table for Vallow, but not for Daybell.

Following the jury’s unanimous 2023 verdict on seven counts, Vallow is serving five life sentences without parole for murdering her children and conspiring to kill Tammy.

Last year, Vallow’s lawyers argued in a dramatic closing statement that she was “under the control” of Daybell, enthralled by the “madness” of his cult beliefs.

Now, Vallow will be tried in two separate cases in Arizona on two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for the death of her former husband Charles Vallow — who was shot and killed by her brother Alex Cox in 2019.

Lori Vallow was arrested in Maricopa County Jail in November 2023

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Andrea CavallierApril 2, 2024 2:00 am

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The potential juror says he had never heard of Chad Daybell’s high-profile case until today

A juror questioned Monday afternoon told the court he had never heard of Chad Daybell’s case until today.

He also said he has never served on a jury, so this is important to him. So much so that he is willing to skip an important family reunion and a vacation to serve.

Meanwhile, another juror said how could someone live in Idaho and not know about the case.

Andrea CavallierApril 2, 2024 1:30 am

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Day 1 of jury selection is coming to an end

The first day of jury selection has come to an end.

There are 15 potential jurors who have advanced to the final pool of 50.

Jury selection will resume tomorrow morning.

The process is expected to take about a week.

Andrea CavallierApril 2, 2024 01:10

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Juror briefed on Chad Daybell’s case from ‘Dateline’ and local news advances to next round in jury selection process

A judge who watches Dateline and “a lot of shows like that” advanced to the next round of the jury selection process.

She said she heard about the case through local news and Dateline.

She said she believes Chad Daybell had some involvement in the crimes, but she says she can put it aside and be honest.

Prior asks the juror for her thoughts and she said she has information based on what the media has reported, but she is willing to look at all the evidence before determining his innocence or guilt.

The juror opposes the death penalty and says she can put her feelings aside if the facts, law and briefs of the case require it.

Andrea CavallierApril 2, 2024 01:04

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What are the charges against Chad Daybell?

– Murder of Tammy Daybell

– Murder of Joshua “JJ” Vallow

– Conspiracy to commit the murder of Tammy Daybell

– Conspiracy to commit murder and grand larceny in the death of Joshua “JJ” Vallow

-Conspiracy to commit murder and grand larceny in the death of Tylee Ryan

Andrea CavallierApril 2, 2024 00:58

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Jury selection in the trial of Chad Daybell is expected to last a week

Jury selection began on Monday, April 1 and is expected to last approximately a week.

Eighteen jurors will be selected.

Six of these jurors will serve as alternates.

Chad Daybell’s trial is expected to last 10 weeks.

Jury selection began Monday when 7th District Judge Steven Boyce read the charges to potential jurors and told them it is up to prosecutors to prove the charges.

Daybell doesn’t have to prove his innocence.

Andrea CavallierApril 1, 2024 8:30 PM

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Judge dismisses potential jurors over concerns that participating in the months-long trial would cause unnecessary hardship

On Monday, the judge dismissed some potential jurors, saying the long-term commitment would cause unnecessary hardship.

He asked the others if they were aware of Daybell’s case, had already decided whether he was guilty or innocent, or if they had a bias that prevented them from being honest.

Several indicated that they had heard of the case, but only a few said they could not be impartial.

Jury selection is expected to take about a week. Eighteen jurors will be chosen, six of whom will be alternates.

Andrea CavallierApril 1, 2024 8:05 PM

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Juror dismissed after writing on questionnaire that Chad Daybell is a ‘weak character’

One of the potential jurors says he can listen and be fair as a juror, but he does have an opinion.

He wrote on his questionnaire that Chad Daybell is a “weak character.”

Previous attempts to suspend the juror for cause, the request is granted and the man is dismissed.

Andrea CavallierApril 1, 2024 7:33 PM

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