Lori Vallow Daybell Jury Trial Verdict

A week-long murder trial that featured testimony about evil spirits, zombies, and end-of-the-world prophesies was concluded on Friday with ori Vallow’s conviction on all counts. The Idaho mother was accused of murdering two of her children and planning to kill her husband’s first wife.

The verdict was reached unanimously by the jury in Boise. In connection with the deaths of Tylee Ryan, 16, and Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, Vallow was accused of murder, conspiracy, and grand theft.

She didn’t say anything as the verdict was read while standing next to her attorneys.

Lori Vallow murder trial verdict

Daybell was detained and accused with murder and scheming in relation to the deaths of the kids. He will stand trial on his own, which has not yet been scheduled.

Witnesses have stated that the couple had a strong belief in the end of the world and that they were surrounded by “zombies” and demonic possession.

Additionally, they are both accused of plotting the first-degree murder of Tammy Daybell, Daybell’s first wife. Additional charges against him include murder and insurance fraud.

Both of them have entered a not guilty plea to all counts.

Lori Vallow Daybell JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan

According to the prosecution, Vallow would “remove any obstacle in her way” and would use “money, power, and sex to get what she wanted.”

At the start of the trial, Fremont County Prosecutor Lindsey Blake told the jury, “It didn’t matter what it was.

She said that Tylee, Joshua, and Tammy Daybell were all murdered because they impeded the relationship between Vallow and Daybell.

Blake emphasized that the defendant would remove any barrier to obtain her goal, which was Chad Daybell.

However, Vallow’s defense team asserted that she is a “kind and loving mother to her children” who also has an interest in religion and end-of-the-world prophesies.

Some people are less interested in biblical prophecy than others, and vice versa. The freedom to practice our religion freely is a blessing in this society, according to defense attorney Jim Archibald.

He informed the jury that the allegations, which accuse Vallow of either planning, promoting, helping, or taking part in the murders, demonstrate that the prosecution is not entirely certain of what took place.

Did she commit murder, did she help, did she encourage, did she lead? They are uncertain,” he stated.

Doomsday author Vallow and Daybell were the subject of an investigation by Idaho police in November 2019 after two children were reported missing by their parents. The couple fled the state after refusing to assist with the inquiry; they were later located in Hawaii and returned to Idaho.

The children’s bones were discovered by authorities on Daybell’s ranch in Fremont County, Idaho. According to court records, Tylee’s body was dismembered and burned in a fire pit, while Joshua, an adoptive dog with special needs, was buried in a pet cemetery.

Throughout the trial, several witnesses took the stand for the prosecution. The defense did not call any witnesses and Vallow chose not to testify.

Joshua’s arms were clearly bruised, Rexburg police detective Ray Hermosillo testified to jurors, after his partially decomposed body was discovered buried next to a tree. The kid had duct tape covering his mouth and locking his arms and legs together while wearing red pajamas and socks. His remains were covered in black plastic. A DNA expert testified that hair from Vallow was discovered on a piece of duct tape used to wrap the boy.

According to the detective, Tylee’s bones had been destroyed, burned, placed in a melted green bucket, and interred somewhere else on the property.

Melanie Gibb, a former acquaintance of Vallow’s, also testified as a witness. Vallow attempted to use Gibb as an excuse and informed authorities looking into the disappearance of the kids that Joshua was visiting her.

Gibb said in court that Vallow believed some people, including her two younger children and her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, were “zombies” or possessed by evil spirits. Charles Vallow, who adopted the child with Lori Vallow, was the grandnephew of Joshua.

Alex Cox, Charles Vallow’s brother, shot Charles Vallow dead at his Arizona home in July 2019. Cox asserted that it was self-defense before passing away in 2019 from what were thought to be natural causes. But in 2021, Vallow was charged with first-degree murder conspiracy in connection with Charles Vallow’s passing. She hasn’t had a chance to enter a plea in that case yet.

Gibb claimed that following Charles Vallow’s passing, Vallow struggled to care for Joshua.

Gibb said in court that Vallow believed some people, including her two younger children and her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, were “zombies” or possessed by evil spirits. Charles Vallow, who adopted the child with Lori Vallow, was the grandnephew of Joshua.

Alex Cox, Charles Vallow’s brother, shot Charles Vallow dead at his Arizona home in July 2019. Gibb testified that Cox stated it was family who went from Arizona to Idaho and that’s when Vallow started saying that Joshua was possessed. Cox passed away in 2019 of what were reportedly natural reasons.

Adult son of Vallow, Colby Ryan, indicated during his testimony that someone impersonating Tylee would text him from her phone after she vanished. He testified to the jury that she texted him frequently, but before his sister went missing and before she was reported missing, the tone and grammar of the texts changed.

Additionally, Ryan’s confrontation with his mother was captured on audio for the jury to hear. She was charged with killing his siblings Tylee and Joshua and then lying to him, according to him.

“To know that they’re gone, and you knew! And my phone is being texted by my little sister, who’s not even alive!” Ryan said. “My poor brother, who is the sweetest little kid ever — for what purpose? You tell me this is God’s will: For my whole family, including my stepfather, to be dead.”

In the call, Vallow denied killing the children and told Ryan that everything would become clear in the afterlife.

The trial also discussed Tammy Daybell’s passing in 2019. According to the prosecution, Vallow relocated to eastern Idaho to be closer to Daybell while he was still married to Tammy Daybell and was already involved with him.

Weeks after Tammy Daybell’s passing, Daybell and Vallow got married.

Chad and Tammy Daybell

According to NBC affiliate KSL of Salt Lake City, Dr. Erik Christensen, Utah’s top medical examiner, testified that bruises were found on Tammy Daybell’s corpse and that she may have been confined when she died. The TV channel quoted him as saying that he thought she passed away before Daybell notified her demise.

Her demise was initially thought to have been caused by natural causes, but police resurrected her remains to conduct an autopsy, which revealed it was a homicide.

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