Chad Daybell trial: Judge rules charge for murder of Lori Vallow’s son will stand despite clerical error

Chad Daybell trial: Judge rules charge for murder of Lori Vallow’s son will stand despite clerical error

The judge in Chad Daybell’s murder case has ruled that a typo in the indictment against him does not mean he should be acquitted of one of the deaths

A clerical error in an amended indictment could have led to the dismissal of one of the murder charges in Chad Daybell’s trial.

Judge Steven Boyce pointed out the error when the state rested on Thursday after six weeks of testimony.

Daybell, 55, is on trial for the 2019 murders of his former wife Tammy, and Vallow’s children, Tylee Ryan, 16, and JJ, seven. The children were found buried in Daybell’s Idaho backyard nine months after they went missing in September 2019.

Prosecutors say the couple conspired with Vallow’s late brother Alex Cox to carry out the murders as part of their doomsday cult beliefs and that Daybell’s “desire for sex, power, and money” led to the murders. But his defence attorney claims he was manipulated by Vallow.

Last year, Vallow was convicted in the three murders and sentenced to life in prison. Jurors heard how she, Daybell, and Cox were fuelled, in part, by their bizarre cult beliefs.

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

Key Points

  • Who is Chad Daybell?

  • What are the charges against Chad Daybell?

  • The twisted case of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell

  • Jury hears gruesome testimony about Tylee Ryan’s remains

  • Graphic texts reveal Lori Vallow’s name for Chad Daybell’s penis

Defence will begin on Monday – no court today

15:50 , Andrea Cavallier

There is no court today for Chad Daybell.

The trial will resume on Monday morning with the defence.

ICYMI: Judge denies motion to acquit ‘cult prophet’ Chad Daybell on all charges

14:00 , Mike Bedigan

Judge denies motion to acquit ‘cult prophet’ Chad Daybell on all charges

Chad Daybell’s children will take the stand in their father’s defence

13:30 , Mike Bedigan

As the prosecution begins to wrap up its case, many are wondering who will take the stand in Chad Daybell’s defence.

In stark contrast to Vallow’s trial in which no experts were called and no witnesses testified on her behalf, the defence will call four experts and three or four of Daybell’s five adult children.

Defence attorney John Prior said in opening statements that he would present several experts in DNA, forensics and medicine who would testify that it’s impossible to determine what caused Tammy Daybell’s death and that none of Mr Daybell’s DNA was found with the children’s bodies.

“What’s important are facts and evidence,” Mr Prior told the jury. “Don’t be distracted by speculation, don’t be distracted by guesses or suspicions or hunches. It all comes down to facts and evidence.”

After six weeks, the state will call its last witness on Thursday.

Read more:

Chad Daybell’s children will take the stand in their father’s defence

Watch: Chad Daybell gets emotional as 911 call is played at his murder trial

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Recap: FBI Special Agent Douglas Hart previously testified at Lori Vallow’s trial

12:00 , Mike Bedigan

Agent Hart, who is on the stand now at Chad Daybell’s trial, testified last year at Lori Vallow’s trial.

He testified that the doomsday couple exchanged thousands of text messages, voicemails and photos including messages “relevant to” the deaths of her children and their spouses and referring to them as “obstacles”.

In chilling messages, Vallow complained about being “tired of taking care of demons” while referring to her children.

“We r both so tired of taking care of demons,” she wrote in a text to Daybell in Augsut 2019 – one month before Tylee and JJ were murdered. “We are weary. Please ask the Lord to take them.”

The couple also spoke about inflicting pain on children and giving them “a reason to scream”.

In one exchange, Daybell asked if she wanted him to “cause pain” to the “two three’s” she was travelling with.

She replied to him telling him to hold off, but added that if they started to act up again “we can zap them”.

Daybell agreed and responded: “Sounds great. Yes, If they are going to act up, well at least give them a reason to scream.”

Read more from that testimony:

Lori Vallow case summary: Key revelations from ‘cult mom’s’ murder trial

What are the charges against Chad Daybell?

11:00 , Mike Bedigan

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.

Kids Killed Doomsday Plot (Post Register)
Kids Killed Doomsday Plot (Post Register)

ICYMI: Jury hears intimate texts between Chad and Lori

09:35 , Mike Bedigan

The murder trial of Chad Daybell took an intimate turn on Monday, as jurors listened to text messages exchanged with his wife Lori Daybell -- and the name they had for his penis.

Read the full story:

Chad Daybell trial: Graphic testimony as jury hears Lori Vallow’s name for his penis

Retired FBI agent Doug Hart is state’s last witness

08:05 , Mike Bedigan

On Thursday the prosecution called retired FBI agent Doug Hart to the stand as its final witness in the case.

Agent Hart testified about a text on July 29, 2019 between Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow.

Chad to Lori, “One question: Do you want me to cause pain yet to those two 3s you’re riding with?”

Lori to Chad: “Probably hold off on them till we arrive. They will be a miserable to deal with. But I’ll text you if they start acting up and we can zap them.”

Chad to Lori: “Sounds great. Yes, if they are going to act up, we’ll at least give them a reason to scream. I love, cherish, treasure and adore you.”

Its is uncertain whether the defence will begin their case on Friday, or wait until next week.

Who was Tammy Daybell?

06:30 , Mike Bedigan

Tammy was the former wife of Chad Daybell. On 19 October 2019, the healthy 49-year-old died suddenly in her sleep.

Despite the mysterious circumstances, her husband declined an autopsy and her death was ruled from natural causes.

Less than three weeks later, he married Lori Vallow.

It was only after her two children were reported missing weeks later – and authorities began delving into Vallow and Daybell, their sudden remarriage and bizarre cult beliefs – that questions began being asked about her death.

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

Watch: JJ Vallow’s grandfather cries outside court after error found in arrest indictment

05:00 , Mike Bedigan

Jury hears Lori Vallow’s name for Chad Daybell’s penis

04:00 , Mike Bedigan

Text messages between Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow appeared to reveal a nickname the couple had for Daybell’s penis, according to testimony from FBI tactical specialist Nicole Heideman.

One message described how “Elena,” a fictional name the pair used for Vallow when discussing their relationship, “gripped the storm and they stare into each other’s eyes as intense waves wash over them,” according to the FBI agent.

The agent added that “the storm” appeared to be a nickname for Daybell’s anatomy, reportedly drawing a smile from the 55-year-old murder suspect at the defence table.

Josh Marcus reports:

Chad Daybell trial: Graphic testimony as jury hears Lori Vallow’s name for his penis

In pictures: The Chad Daybell trial

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WATCH: Bizarre phone call revealed in Chad Daybell trial

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ICYMI: Judge finds error in Daybell indictment

02:00 , Mike Bedigan

Earlier on Thursday, Judge Steven Boyce pointed out “an issue with the indictment” after the state rested.

The indictment, which was amended on 20 February 2024, listed JJ Vallow’s death as being between September 8-9, 2019.

Judge Boyce pointed out that JJ was “clearly alive on those days.”

JJ was last seen alive on 22 September, based on evidence. And it’s believed Tylee was killed between September 8-9, 2019.

An indictment filed on 25 May 2021 lists the dates as the 22nd and 23rd of September of 2019.

Attorney Lindsey Blake said they were unaware of the error and asked for time, until Monday, to review it.

Daybell’s attorney argued that the prosecution had plenty of time and had already rested its case.

Judge Boyce dismissed the court, giving the attorneys two hours to prepare arguments on the matter. Court will resume at 4:30pm ET/2:30pm MT.

The error was spotted when Prior, asked for a “directed verdict” on the murder charges of Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow, arguing that there was not enough evidence to show that Daybell was involved in their deaths.

The judge found insufficient evidence to make a ruling on that motion.

Judge denies motion to acquit Chad Daybell on all charges

Thursday 16 May 2024 22:55 , Andrea Cavallier

An Idaho judge overseeing Chad Daybell’s triple murder trial has denied motion to acquit the “doomsday” author on all charges, including the charge in JJ Vallow’s death.

The ruling comes after Daybell’s trial was thrown into chaos on Thursday when Judge Steven Boyce pointed out a “clerical error” the prosecutors made in an amended indictment.

The state will be allowed to make the changes.

Court in recess

Thursday 16 May 2024 22:08 , Andrea Cavallier

Judge Boyce told the court he needs to take a recess before he rules on the motion.

But noted he understood that this should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Boyce said the court will be alerted when he’s ready to rule.

Defence asks judge to dismiss the murder charge for JJ Vallow

Thursday 16 May 2024 22:03 , Andrea Cavallier

Chad Daybell’s defence attorney John Prior argued the state does not have any right to ask for an amendment at this point in the trial.

He cited a rule that says the court can allow an amendment before the state rests – but not after.

“They have to make any amendment and correction prior to resting their case,” he said.

He pointed out that four attorneys on the prosecution had over a year to review this.

Judge hears state’s argument for acquittal

Thursday 16 May 2024 21:59 , Andrea Cavallier

On all counts, excluding count four, Judge Boyce ruled that the state presented significant evidence so Mr Prior’s motion for acquittal is denied.

Now Ingrid Batey is arguing for the state why the indictment should be amended to keep the murder charges for JJ Vallow.

Court resumes to discuss indictment error

Thursday 16 May 2024 21:35 , Andrea Cavallier

Judge Boyce says he has prepared a ruling on all counts except count four -- which is the first degree murder for JJ Vallow.

State rests in Chad Daybell case

Thursday 16 May 2024 18:38 , Andrea Cavallier

The prosecution rested their case against Chad Daybell on 16 May, six weeks after the trial began.

The defence, which solely rests on attorney John Prior, could begin arguing their side as soon as tomorrow.

‘We’ll give them a reason to scream’

Thursday 16 May 2024 16:46 , Andrea Cavallier

Agent Hart testified about a text on July 29, 2019 between Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow.

Chad to Lori, “One question: Do you want me to cause pain yet to those two 3s you’re riding with?”

Lori to Chad: “Probably hold off on them till we arrive. They will be a miserable to deal with. But I’ll text you if they start acting up and we can zap them.”

Chad to Lori: “Sounds great. Yes, if they are going to act up, we’ll at least give them a reason to scream. I love, cherish, treasure and adore you.”

Four former jurors from Lori Vallow’s trial are in courtroom today

Thursday 16 May 2024 16:11 , Andrea Cavallier

Four former jurors who convicted Lori Vallow a year ago are back in the same Ada County courtroom today for Chad Daybell’s trial.

East Idaho News’ Nate Eaton, who is reporting from the courtroom, says there are about 30-40 people in the gallery.

Larry Woodcock, the grandfather of slain JJ Vallow, is also in the courtroom.

Prosecution is expected to rest today.

Chad Daybell in back in courtroom as state prepares to rest case

Thursday 16 May 2024 15:30 , Andrea Cavallier

The “doomsday” author is at the defence table this morning as his triple murder trial resumes in Boise, Idaho.

The state has one more witness today before it rests its case against Chad Daybell.

Court is expected to start shortly.

Prosecution to rest today as Chad Daybell’s defense prepares to fight back

Thursday 16 May 2024 14:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Prosecutors have one last witness for the court as they prepare to rest their case against Chad Daybell.

After the witness is questioned by both parties, the state will likely rest its case and court will adjourn early for the day.

Judge Steven Boyce told the court there will be discussion today about the trial schedule going forward.

Court is set to resume today at 10:30am ET/8:30am MT. It will be livestreamed on Judge Boyce’s YouTube page.

Recap: Listen to Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow giggle on the phone day before kids’ bodies are found

Thursday 16 May 2024 11:00 , Mike Bedigan

RECAP: Jury hears gruesome testimony about Tylee Ryan’s remains

Thursday 16 May 2024 03:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Jury hears gruesome testimony about tools used to chop and shatter Tylee Ryan’s remains

On Monday, jurors listened to gruesome testimony and viewed graphic photos as Douglas Halepaska, FBI Toolmark Analyst, described tools used to chop and shattered Tylee Ryan’s remains.

The 16-year-old’s remains were found buried and burned on Chad Daybell’s property.

Her hip bone and spine were shattered.

“The force you can kind of see at the top left, you can see that the bone has actually shattered in separate places and fractured,” the analyst said.

“Based on my training experience, it appears that the tool that was used actually cut through the bone and into that soft tissue and may have actually carried into it.”

Mr Halepaska testified that many of Tylee’s injuries came from tools like a machete, a hatchet, a cleaver and a pick.

A pickaxe and shovel were among the numerous tools found on Daybell’s property that tested positive for human remains.

The defence argued that the tools analyst could not specifically identify the tools that were used on Tylee.

Court ends early as state begins to wrap up case

Wednesday 15 May 2024 22:18 , Andrea Cavallier

Court ended early on Wednesday after testimony from Investigator Edwards.

Judge Steven Boyce informed the court that the state has one more witness – who will take the stand on Thursday.

It is not yet known when the defence will begin presenting their side of the case.

A proposed schedule for the rest of the trial will be discussed tomorrow.

Daybell and Vallow talked about ‘blueprint’ for ‘project’ one day before children’s bodies were found

Wednesday 15 May 2024 22:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Rexburg police detective Ray Hermosillo was back on the stand on Wednesday where he testified about the jail phone calls recorded after Vallow’s arrest in February 2020.

“Through our investigation, interviews with multiple witnesses that were close to (Chad Daybell), through the teachings in his books,” Det Hermosillo said, “he would often talk about how he had the ability to see and speak with people on the other side of the veil,” referring to heaven.

Daybell told Vallow in the call that he texted “Ray,” a known alias of Vallow’s brother, a detective testified. The call happened in June 2020, a day before the bodies of the children were found on Daybell’s property.

At this point, Cox had been dead for six months. He died in December 2019 of what police determined were natural causes.

The couple talked about a “project,” and Vallow asked if “the blueprints are still intact? The timing?”

“Can he just make us any guarantees?” Vallow asked. “I mean, we did make our down payments. ... I would like a guarantee, just an end date of our project.”

She told Daybell to remind Cox “that at the beginning of this project he said there’s only a 3% chance there would be trouble.”

She questioned the "complications" that had occurred in the "project" and said there were "other things on the project, when I’m going back over it, that I could have easily done or been inspired to do, to avoid a lot of the issues that would have come up with that, that we were not made aware of.”

Daybell reassured her and said “overall this was part of the blueprint” and that “(Cox) is in that contractor position for a reason.”

Chad Daybell walks into courtroom with ankle monitor after lunch break

Wednesday 15 May 2024 20:16 , Andrea Cavallier

Court is back in session after a lunch break.

Chad Daybell appears to be wearing an ankle monitor as he walked back into the courtroom, East Idaho News’ Nate Eaton noted.

Prosecuting attorney Lindsey Blake will continue questioning Attorney General Lead Investigator Nicholas Edwards.

WATCH: Jail phone reveals Daybell and Vallow discussion of ‘blueprint’ before discovery children’s bodies

Wednesday 15 May 2024 20:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Lori Vallow asks Chad Daybell for reassurances day before children’s bodies found

Wednesday 15 May 2024 19:30 , Andrea Cavallier

Det Hermosillo testified that in multiple calls, Vallow asked Daybell for reassurances.

In the never before heard jail phone call, Vallow asks her husband for reassurance the day before the bodies of her children were found dead in Daybell’s backyard.

He tells Lori her value is tremendous and needed in every way.

“I know that is a fact. You are needed, my love. I think you underestimate yourself. I’m not trying to give you a big head or ego because you don’t have one.

You just are spectacular and the Lord is going to use those talents. You’re on earth at this time for that purpose.”

Wednesday 15 May 2024 19:06 , Andrea Cavallier

Chad Daybell’s trial is now on break for lunch.

Court will resume at 3pm ET/2pm MT

Jail call reveals Daybell told Lori Vallow he texted her dead brother

Wednesday 15 May 2024 18:56 , Andrea Cavallier

A jail phone call played in court on Wednesday revealed that Daybell told his wife Lori Vallow that he texted her dead brother, Alex Cox.

“I texted Ray,” he is heard on the recording. Det Hermosillo says Cox often went by Ray LeMar. He had a gmail account raylemar@gmail.com.

“He was very optimistic,” Daybell tells her and the two giggle multiple times.

“He’s said it will work out. He didn’t want me to say he misses you but he’s not far from contact. We can text him whenever we want.”

Daybell says he asked Ray about the “video project.” Vallow’s sister Summer Shiflet posted a video online about Alex Cox after he died.

Daybell and Vallow talk about completing the project on time and if they get a bonus.

Daybell tells her: “he’s still very interested and hasn’t forgotten about us. He’s involved in this latest batch.”

FBI agent Rick Wright is back on the stand

Wednesday 15 May 2024 16:15 , Andrea Cavallier

Investigator Rick Wright is back on the stand.

He analyzed cell phone data and GEO locations for phones linked to Alex Cox from September to November 2019.

Day 24 of Chad Daybell’s trial begins

Wednesday 15 May 2024 16:09 , Andrea Cavallier

Chad Daybell is back in an Ada County courtroom in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday for the 24th day of his triple murder trial.

Livestream the proceedings on Judge Steven Boyce’s YouTube page.

FBI investigator testifiesabout phone locations near children’s buried bodies

Wednesday 15 May 2024 15:00 , Andrea Cavallier

What happend at Lori Vallow’s trial?

Wednesday 15 May 2024 14:30 , Andrea Cavallier

A year before Chad Daybell’s began, his wife Lori Vallow was at the centre of this bizarre case involving cults and multiple deaths with her own trial at the same Ada County courthouse in Boise, Idaho.

She is currently in jail in Arizona where she faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder in the 2019 death of her fourth husband Charles Vallow, and in the 2019 attempted murder of her former nephew-in-law, Brandon Boudreaux.

Rachel Sharp explains the most crucial moments from her high-profile trial, which ended with Vallow’s conviction for the murder of her two youngest children.

Read more:

Lori Vallow case summary: Key revelations from ‘cult mom’s’ murder trial

Chad Daybell’s trial resumes today in Boise

Wednesday 15 May 2024 14:00 , Andrea Cavallier

The “doomsday” author’s trial will resume today in Boise, Idaho around 10:30am ET.

It is being livestreamed on Judge Steven Boyce’s YouTube page.

The trial, which began 1 April, is expected to last two to four more weeks.

WATCH: Chad Daybell sends texts after alleged burial of Tylee Ryan

Wednesday 15 May 2024 13:00 , Andrea Cavallier

RECAP: Tylee Ryan’s best friend testifies she was ‘almost maternal’ with brother JJ

Wednesday 15 May 2024 11:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Tylee Ryan’s best friend Ashlyn Rynd testified on Monday in court that Tylee’s relationship with her younger brother JJ Vallow, seven, was “almost maternal.”

“She was there for him. … he was going for anybody who was going to provide for him, and Tylee would always be the one to show up,” Ashlyn said.

Ashlyn temporarily moved to Texas in 2017, but the two friends remained close, and she moved back to Arizona.

However, when Tylee moved to Idaho in 2019, they “tried for two weeks” but fell out of contact.

Jury hears gruesome testimony about tools used to chop up Tylee Ryan’s remains

Wednesday 15 May 2024 09:00 , Andrea Cavallier

On Monday, jurors listened to Douglas Halepaska, FBI Toolmark Analyst, describe tools used to chop and shattered Tylee Ryan’s remains.

The 16-year-old’s remains were found buried and burned on Chad Daybell’s property. Her hip bone and spine were shattered.

“The force you can kind of see at the top left, you can see that the bone has actually shattered in separate places and fractured,” the analyst said.

“Based on my training experience, it appears that the tool that was used actually cut through the bone and into that soft tissue and may have actually carried into it.”

Mr Halepaska testified that many of Tylee’s injuries came from tools like a machete, a hatchet, a cleaver and a pick.

A pickaxe and shovel were among the numerous tools found on Daybell’s property that tested positive for human remains.

The defence argued that the tools analyst could not specifically identify the tools that were used on Tylee.

ICYMI: Chad Daybell gets emotional as 911 call is played at his murder trial

Wednesday 15 May 2024 05:00 , Andrea Cavallier

FBI agent testifies about location Lori Vallow’s brother during murders

Wednesday 15 May 2024 01:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Rick Wright, an FBI special investigator, testified on Tuesday about the location of Lori Vallow’s brother Alex Cox.

He said data specifically places Cox’s phone near where children’s bodies were found on dates investigators believed they were killed.

On the first day JJ was absent from school, 23 September 2019, Cox’s phone showed it was located behind Chad Daybell’s home between 9:55am and 10am.

He testified about a few other times where Cox’s phone location showed Daybell’s residence but for shorter periods.

Medical examiner testifies that smothering, a bag over the head or weight on the chest would not leave signs of asphyxiation in Tammy Daybell’s case

Tuesday 14 May 2024 23:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Dr Lily Marsden attended the exhumation of Tammy Daybell and assisted Dr Erik Christensen, Utah’s chief medical examiner at the time, with the autopsy.

They concluded that Tammy died from asphyxia, and the manner of death was homicide.

But in their initial examination, Dr Marsden said she and Dr Christensen were not able to see anything that would have caused Tammy’s death.

On the stand Tuesday, Dr Marsden said that smothering, a bag over her head or weight on her chest would not have left any obvious signs of asphyxiation on the body.

Where are Chad Daybell’s children?

Tuesday 14 May 2024 22:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Chad Daybell’s adult children have mostly stayed out of the spotlight in the wake of their father’s arrest in the death of their mother Tammy Daybell and Lori Vallow’s two children.

But almost all of them will testify in his death penalty case in his defence.

Daybell’s attorney John Prior says they will detail their mother’s “health struggle” before her sudden death in 2019.

Daybell had told police his wife had died suddenly in her sleep after battling an illness, but an autopsy later revealed she died of asphyxiation.

“They’re going to talk about their mother’s use of various medical treatments she would use—oils she would put on her leg, medicine, and different herbs she would take, and that their mother was suffering from a number of maladies, and she would refuse to see a doctor,”Mr Prior said during opening statements.

Court breaks for lunch

Tuesday 14 May 2024 18:58 , Andrea Cavallier

Chad Daybell’s trial is now on break for lunch.

Court will resume at 2pm.

WATCH: Steamy texts between Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow are read in court

Tuesday 14 May 2024 18:45 , Andrea Cavallier

RECAP: Chad Daybell said dead wife told him to move on, sister testifies

Tuesday 14 May 2024 18:57 , Andrea Cavallier

On Friday, Samantha Gwilliam testified about the conversation she had with Chad Daybell after the “shocking” death of her sister Tammy Daybell.

She asked him in a phone call about his quick marriage to Lori Vallow just two weeks after Tammy’s death and said he responded to her in a “spiritual-like tone.”

“Samantha, I am telling you now that when I was at the cemetery, Tammy showed herself to me and said that I should move on,” he said.

Ms Gwilliam said she responded with: “When most women say that to their husband, it’s in two years from now, not two weeks after I’m dead.”

ICYMI: Tylee Ryan’s best friend testifies about slain siblings’ relationship

Tuesday 14 May 2024 18:00 , Andrea Cavallier

Tylee Ryan’s best friend Ashlyn Rynd testified on Monday in court that Tylee’s relationship with her younger brother JJ Vallow, seven, was “almost maternal.”

“She was there for him. … he was going for anybody who was going to provide for him, and Tylee would always be the one to show up,” Ashlyn said.

Ashlyn temporarily moved to Texas in 2017, but the two friends remained close, and she moved back to Arizona.

However, when Tylee moved to Idaho in 2019, they “tried for two weeks” but fell out of contact.

Medical examiner testifies about bruises on Tammy Daybell

Tuesday 14 May 2024 17:30 , Andrea Cavallier

Dr Lily Marsden, the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office, who attended the exhumation of Tammy Daybell’s body, took the stand on Tuesday.

She said the bruises on Tammy are consistent with someone being restrained and could mean more than one person was there when she was killed. She said the bruises indicate someone was kneeling on her chest while another person was holding her down.

Dr Marsden also testified that she had information that Tammy may have been experiencing seizures or shaking.

“It is extremely unusual for a 49-year-old woman to just spontaneously develop seizures without a reason like a tumor,” she said.

Prosecutor Lindsey Blake ends her questioning by asking Dr Marsden, “In your experience, do dead bodies roll out of bed?”

She responds, “no.”

What are Chad Daybell’s charges?

Tuesday 14 May 2024 17:15 , Andrea Cavallier

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.

ICYMI: Jury hears gruesome testimony about tools used to chop and shatter Tylee Ryan's remains

Tuesday 14 May 2024 17:00 , Andrea Cavallier

On Monday, jurors listened to gruesome testimony and viewed graphic photos as Douglas Halepaska, FBI Toolmark Analyst, described tools used to chop and shattered Tylee Ryan’s remains.

The 16-year-old’s remains were found buried and burned on Chad Daybell’s property.

Her hip bone and spine were shattered.

“The force you can kind of see at the top left, you can see that the bone has actually shattered in separate places and fractured,” the analyst said.

“Based on my training experience, it appears that the tool that was used actually cut through the bone and into that soft tissue and may have actually carried into it.”

Mr Halepaska testified that many of Tylee’s injuries came from tools like a machete, a hatchet, a cleaver and a pick.

A pickaxe and shovel were among the numerous tools found on Daybell’s property that tested positive for human remains.

The defence argued that the tools analyst could not specifically identify the tools that were used on Tylee.

Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow honoured as trial continues

Tuesday 14 May 2024 16:45 , Andrea Cavallier

Family and friends honoured the short lives of Tylee Ryan and Joshua “JJ” Vallow at a  celebration of life service on 27 April.

The service was hosted by JJ Vallow’s grandparents Larry and Kay Woodcock on Saturday.

“We’re not sad today,” Mr Woodcock told the attendees. “We’re honouring those who lost their lives in this.”

Mr Woodcock, who attended every day of Vallow’s trial last year and has been a regular at Mr Daybell’s trial, was one of many who shared his favourite memories of the children at the service.

The grandparents decided to have the service after the children’s remains were returned to the family in 2023 - more than four years after they were killed.

Andrea Cavallier reports:

Family, friends gather to honor Lori Vallow’s slain children Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow

JJ Vallow’s grandfather hands out mints ahead of court

Tuesday 14 May 2024 15:35 , Andrea Cavallier

Larry Woodcock, the grandfather of slain JJ Vallow, is in court Tuesday along with about 30-40 spectators, according to East Idaho News’ Nate Eaton.

Eaton observed that Mr Woodcock had  a big back of mints he got from Ruth’s Chris Steak House and said he’s passing them around the room.

“Here’s a little treat for everyone,” he says.

Chad Daybell is seated at the defence table and court is expected to begin shortly.

It can be livestreamed on Judge Steven Boyce’s YouTube channel.

Chad Daybell smiles in court as testimony reveals Lori Vallow’s nickname for his penis

Tuesday 14 May 2024 15:30 , Andrea Cavallier

FBI tactical specialist Nicole Heideman revealed to jurors on Monday text messages captured the couple discussing romantic liaisons after they met at a 2018 religious conference.

One message described how “Elena,” a fictional name the pair used for Vallow when discussing their relationship, “gripped the storm and they stared into each other’s eyes as intense waves wash over them,” according to the FBI agent.

The agent added that “the storm” appeared to be a nickname for Daybell’s anatomy, reportedly drawing a smile from the 55-year-old at the defence table.

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Tuesday 14 May 2024 15:00 , Andrea Cavallier

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Testimony in Chad Daybell’s trial continues today

Tuesday 14 May 2024 14:48 , Andrea Cavallier

Chad Daybell’s high-profile trial continues today in Boise, Idaho.

Daybell, 55, is on trial for the murders of Lori Vallow’s children, Tylee Ryan, 16, and JJ, seven, who went missing in 2019 and months later were found buried in his Idaho backyard.

He’s also accused in the sudden death of his then-wife Tammy Daybell, who died in her sleep in October 2019. Weeks later, Daybell married Vallow. An autopsy later revealed Tammy’s death was due to asphyxiation.