Idaho Jury Deliberates Death Penalty for Chad Daybell in Triple Murder Case

An Idaho jury is currently deciding whether Chad Daybell will receive the death penalty after being convicted of the murders of his first wife, Tammy Daybell, and two of his second wife’s children, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow. After finding him guilty on Thursday, jurors resumed deliberations on Saturday morning.

Daybell was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors argued that these crimes were driven by his desire for power, money, and his apocalyptic spiritual beliefs. Additionally, Daybell was found guilty of insurance fraud and grand theft for benefiting from life insurance policies and Social Security payments following the deaths.

During the trial, the prosecution described Daybell as a man driven by greed and a blatant disregard for human life, highlighting the brutal nature of the murders and the threat he posed to society. In contrast, the defense depicted him as a once-quiet, religious man who was manipulated by his second wife, Lori Vallow, whose influence led to these tragic events.

The murders of Tylee and JJ are believed to have occurred in September 2019, and Tammy Daybell was found dead in her home the following month. Just weeks after Tammy’s death, Daybell married Lori Vallow.

Victims’ family members provided emotional testimonies, sharing the deep pain and loss they continue to experience. Tammy Daybell’s father, Ron Douglas, found some comfort in knowing his daughter is resting peacefully. Kay Woodcock, JJ’s grandmother, mourned the milestones her grandson will never reach and fondly remembered Tylee as a beloved and vibrant child.

The trial also revealed that the remains of Tylee and JJ were found on Daybell’s property in June 2020. Daybell’s conviction comes after Lori Vallow Daybell was sentenced to life in prison without parole for her involvement in the murders.

The jury’s decision on whether to impose the death penalty on Daybell will bring closure to a case marked by its chilling details and profound impact on the victims’ families.

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