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Chad Daybell trial live: Daughter says he taught her about death percentages and castings – but not zombies

Chad Daybell’s trial began on 1 April, about a year after Lori Vallow was convicted in the 2019 murders of Tylee Ryan, JJ Vallow, and Tammy Daybell

Andrea Cavallier
Tuesday 21 May 2024 16:00
Chad Daybell’s daughter testifies in his murder trial

Chad Daybell’s daughter Emma Murray told an Idaho jury on Monday that her father taught her about death percentages and castings – but not zombies.

Ms Murray testified that the self-proclaimed prophet who wrote “doomsday” books, would talk to her about his bizarre religious views, including how he regularly ascribed “death percentages” to people.

Daybell’s daughter, as well as his son Garth, were the first two people to testify in their father’s defense after six weeks of testimony from the prosecution.

Daybell, 55, is on trial for the 2019 deaths of his former wife Tammy, and his current wife Lori Vallow’s children, Tylee Ryan, 16, and JJ Vallow, seven, who were found buried in his backyard in June 2020, nine months after they vanished.

Prosecutors say Daybell and Vallow, whom he married two weeks after Tammy died, justified the three killings by creating an apocalyptic belief system, which was part of an elaborate scheme to eliminate any obstacles from their life.

But Daybell’s attorney claims he was manipulated by Vallow.

Vallow, who was convicted of the murders last year, referred to her two youngest kids as zombies, one friend testified during her trial. She received three life sentences.

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

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How did Tammy Daybell die?

Chad Daybell’s first wife Tammy Daybell died by asphyxiation – and not peacefully in her sleep as was originally claimed.

Tammy, an otherwise healthy 49-year-old, died suddenly in her sleep on 19 October 2019 – just one month after Lori Vallow’s two children JJ and Tylee disappeared without a trace.

Despite the mysterious circumstances, her family declined an autopsy and Tammy’s death was ruled to be from natural causes.

Less than a month later, Daybell and Vallow married on a beach in Hawaii.

Tammy and Chad Daybell were married in 1990. He is accused of conspiring with Lori Vallow to kill her (Facebook)

It was only after the two children were reported missing – and authorities began delving into Daybell and Vallow’s bizarre cult beliefs – that questions began being asked about Tammy’s death too.

In December 2019, investigators exhumed her body for an autopsy.

This led to Daybell and Vallow being charged with her murder.

Andrea Cavallier21 May 2024 16:00
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Daybell trial resumes with defense witness

Court resumes today at 10:30am ET / 8:30am MT in Ada County, Idaho.

Joseph Murray, Chad Daybell's son-in-law, will be back on the stand this morning.

Mr Murray is the husband of Daybell’s daughter Emma, who testified yesterday in defense of her father.

Andrea Cavallier21 May 2024 15:31
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RECAP: Chad Daybell’s defense calls on two of his children

Chad Daybell's defense calls on his 2 children
Andrea Cavallier21 May 2024 14:30
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Where is Lori Vallow?

Chad Daybell’s former wife Tammy and Lori Vallow’s children weren’t the only victims as her descent into cult beliefs led to a trail of death and destruction in her wake.

She’s now jailed in Arizona on charges for conspiring to kill two other people.

Andrea Cavallier reports:

Why is Lori Vallow facing fresh murder conspiracy charges in Arizona?

Lori Vallow’s children weren’t the only victims as her descent into cult beliefs led to a trail of death and destruction in her wake. She’s now jailed in Arizona on charges for conspiring to kill two other relatives, Andrea Cavallier reports

Andrea Cavallier21 May 2024 11:00
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WATCH: Bizarre phone call revealed in Chad Daybell trial

Chad Daybell trial: Bizarre phone call revealed
Andrea Cavallier21 May 2024 09:00
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What are the charges against Chad Daybell?

Chad Daybell was arrested on 9 June 2020 and booked into the Fremont County Jail after the remains 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.

Andrea Cavallier21 May 2024 05:00
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Watch: Video shows Chad Daybell discussing finances with daughter as he tells her ‘I’m not coming back’

New video shows Chad Daybell discussing finances with daughter as he tells her ‘I’m not coming back’
Andrea Cavallier21 May 2024 03:00
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RECAP: Was Chad Daybell almost acquitted of murder because of a typo?

A typo in Chad Daybell’s triple murder indictment doesn’t mean that he should be acquitted of one of the deaths, Judge Steven Boyce said Thursday.

Shortly after prosecutors closed their case, the judge alerted the attorneys to a major error: The date of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow’s death was wrong in the indictment.

That sparked a flurry of arguments over whether the problem could be fixed or if Daybell should simply be acquitted of that charge.

“We’re all kind of falling on our sword here,” special assistant attorney general Ingrid Batey told the judge Thursday, describing the issue as “clearly a clerical error.”

Boyce ultimately agreed with prosecutors, describing it as an “inadvertent mistake” and saying jurors could be given special instructions allowing them to still consider the full case.

Andrea Cavallier21 May 2024 01:00
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WATCH: Chad Daybell’s daughter testifies in his murder trial

Chad Daybell's daughter testifies in his murder trial
Andrea Cavallier20 May 2024 23:00
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Court dismisses for the day

Court is over for the day.

Testimony will continue tomorrow at 10:30am ET/ 8:30am MT.

Andrea Cavallier20 May 2024 22:35

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