An Idaho jury found Lori Vallow Daybell, the woman accused of murdering her children, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, guilty on all charges. She was also convicted of murder conspiracy in the murders of her children and her husband’s previous wife, Tammy Daybell. Additionally, she incurred theft charges for stealing Social Security funds destined for her children. Chad Daybell, Lori Vallow Daybell’s husband, has also been charged in the case and will face a separate trial at a later date.
Despite the fact that Judge Steven Boyce warned that she might face life in prison, he had already removed the death sentence from the table prior to her trial. The judge stated that she will be sentenced in three months.
Vallow Daybell exhibited little emotion after the verdict, according to a person close to the trial who spoke with CBS News. She was, however, irritated with her lawyers for attempting to transfer blame to her husband in their closing statements. Meanwhile, the family of the victims reacted to the ruling with tears, relief, and a fist pump. As the judge completed the session, they sat arm in arm.
What Happened When the Verdict Was Read?
When the verdict was read, JJ Vallow’s grandparents, Kay and Larry Woodcock, were greeted with applause as they exited the courtroom. They had seen a lot of the trial. The two were overcome with emotion as they thanked the jurors and extended gratitude to everyone involved. Larry Woodcock also had a message for the case’s three victims. He finished a Willie Nelson song, saying, “Lori, it ended.”
In a statement, prosecutors Rob Wood and Lindsey Blake expressed their satisfaction with the decision and thanked the jurors. They also stated their will to seek justice for Tylee Ryan, JJ Vallow, and Tammy Daybell. However, due to the current allegations against Chad Daybell, they refused to reveal any aspects of the case.
After beginning its deliberations on Thursday afternoon and returning on Friday to deliberate through lunch, the jury of five women and seven men reached a unanimous conclusion.
To develop their case against Vallow Daybell, prosecutors called scores of witnesses, accusing her of being motivated by money, power, and sex. The accused couple’s increasingly eccentric religious beliefs were essential to the case. Other fatalities in their circle have sparked concerns, including the shooting death of Vallow Daybell’s husband, Charles Vallow, by her brother, Alex Cox, in what Cox claimed was self-defense, and Cox’s subsequent untimely death.
Vallow Daybell did not testify, and the defense did not summon any witnesses. She is also accused of murder conspiracy in a different case involving her husband’s death in Arizona.