Chad Daybell was back in court on Tuesday, where his attorneys asked that his forthcoming trial be televised
Daybell, 54, is set to face death penalty trial for the murder of wife Lori Vallow’s children JJ, 7, and Tylee, 16, as well as his wife Tammy Daybell
For his trial which begins April 2024 he is asking that camera’s be allowed in court because he ‘wants a public trial’
Daybell’s wife and co-conspirator Lori Vallow , 50, was sentenced this summer to life in prison for murdering her two youngest children
Vallow’s trial was not broadcast, though a sketch artist and live-tweeting reporters were there
Chad Daybell [top center],appearing by zoom at a pre-trial conference Tuesday from the Fremont County Jail Chad Daybell insisted cameras should be in the courtroom for his trial, scheduled for April 2024 because he wants ‘a public trial’
Chad Daybell, husband of cult mom Lori Vallow who was handed a life sentence for the murders of her two youngest children, was in court Tuesday ahead of his death penalty trial.
Daybell’s trial is expected to begin next year and run for about two months. Unlike Vallow, he is facing a capital trial that could end in the death penalty.
He is facing the same murder charges for which his wife was convicted – the murders of her two youngest children, Tylee, 16, and JJ, 7.
On Tuesday, Judge Steven Boyce, who is the same judge who oversaw Vallow’s trial, heard requests from Daybell’s attorneys for cameras to be allowed in the court room during the forthcoming trial.
Vallow’s trial was not broadcast, though a sketch artist and live-tweeting reporters were there.
The mother of the children, Lori Vallow Daybell, [photo], was was sentenced to life in prison this past summer
JJ, 7 [left] and his sister Tylee, 16 [right], were last seen in September of 2019. Their bodies were found buried in Chad Daybell’s yard the next summer. The killer mom is survived by an adult child, child Colby Ryan, 26
Boyce said that the trial is scheduled for April 1, 2024. It will include a rigorous two week jury selection, during which perspective jurors will be given a lengthy questionnaire.
Boyce said he will begin holding hearings at least once a month to address motions brought by the prosecution and defense teams. The first such hearing is scheduled for November 29.
One point of contention at Tuesday’s hearing came when attorneys for the State expressed frustration that the primary reason Daybell’s case was severed from Vallow’s is no longer at play.
Daybell’s attorney John Prior initially argued that Lori and Chad’s trials should be severed because he was going to pursue additional DNA testing. Prior no longer plans to do the testing, rendering the initial reason for the severance irrelevant.
Doomsday preacher Chad Daybell, [photo], was due to stand trial alongside his wife Lori Vallow – the mother of the murdered children – before their cases were separated. The couple are also charged with the murder of Daybell’s late wife
The list of unexplained deaths in Lori Vallow’s tangled web include Her brother Alex Cox, sister Alex Cope Cox, Third husband Joseph Ryan, fourth husband Charles Vallow and Chad’s wife Tammy Daybell
This past summer, Lori Vallow, 50, was convicted of the killing of her two youngest children as well as conspiracy to kill Chad Daybell’s ex-wife Tammy Daybell.
She has since appealed her conviction, but also faces two other cases in Arizona – one on a charge of conspiring with her brother to kill her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, and one of conspiring to kill her niece’s ex-husband.
Charles Vallow was shot and killed in 2019, but her niece’s ex survived an attempt later that year.
The case began in July 2019, when Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox, shot and killed her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, [seen left with his then wife Lori], in a suburban Phoenix home.
Lori Vallow [photo],speaks to Phoenix police after her brother shot and killed her husband of Charles Vallow in 2019. The case was dismissed on Cox’s plea of self-defense. Vallow’s first and second husbands Nelson Yans and William Lagioia, still alive
The case began in July 2019, when Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox, shot and killed her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, in a suburban Phoenix home.
Cox told police he acted in self-defense.
He was never charged in the case and died later that year of what authorities determined were natural causes.
Vallow was already in a relationship with Chad Daybell at the time, a self-published author who wrote doomsday-focused fiction loosely based on Mormon teachings. She moved to Idaho with her kids and brother to be closer to him.
The young children were last seen alive in September 2019. Police discovered they were missing a month later after an extended family member became worried. Their bodies were found buried in Chad Daybell’s yard the following summer.
Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow married in November 2019, about two weeks after Daybell’s previous wife, Tammy, was killed.
Lori Vallow, [left], ultimately was convicted of the killing of her two youngest children JJ and Tylee [right], as well as conspiracy to kill Chad Daybell’s ex-wife Tammy Daybell, whose death initially initially was ascribed to natural causes. Then autopsy later showed she had been asphyxiated
Vallow’s two youngest children were last seen alive in September 2019. JJ and Tylee with their uncle Alex Cox, [photo], a few days before they vanished
Tammy Daybell initially was described as having died of natural causes, but an autopsy later showed she had been asphyxiated, authorities said.
Defense attorney Jim Archibald argued during the trial there was no evidence tying Vallow to the killings, but plenty showing she was a loving, protective mother whose life took a sharp turn when she met Chad Daybell and fell for his ‘weird’ apocalyptic religious claims.
Archibald suggested that Daybell and Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox, were responsible for the deaths.
Daybell told her they had been married in several previous lives and she was a ‘sexual goddess’ who was supposed to help him save the world by gathering 144,000 followers so Jesus could return, Archibald said.
Vallow’s former friend Melanie Gibb testified during the trial that Vallow believed people in her life had been taken over by evil spirits and turned into ‘zombies,’ including JJ and Tylee.