‘Cult mom’ Lori Vallow found guilty of killing her children and Tammy Daybell, Chad Daybell’s wife.

Lori Vallow Daybell was found guilty on all charges of plotting to kill her husband’s first wife and killing her two children.

Having entered a not guilty plea, Vallow Daybell was charged with two charges of first-degree murder and three counts of conspiracy in the 2019 killings of her children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, as well as Tammy Daybell, her husband Chad Daybell’s first wife.

Having started deliberations on Thursday afternoon, the jury of seven men and five women returned a unanimous guilty decision on Friday.

She is sentenced to life in jail. As the judgement was announced, Vallow Daybell didn’t appear to have an opinion. For additional procedures and punishment, she will be moved from Ada County to Fremont County. Sentencing will take place in roughly three months, according to Judge Steven Boyce.

Cross-armed Vallow Daybell rose as the jury was dismissed, chatted to her lawyer for a while, and then hurriedly left the courthouse while being taken by a bailiff.

According to an indictment from May 2021, Vallow Daybell was accused of grand theft on the grounds that she allegedly changed bank accounts in order to obtain Social Security payments on behalf of her children after they passed away. According to prosecutors, she didn’t report her children missing on Thursday in order to keep receiving the money.

The biological grandfather of JJ, Larry Woodcock, expressed appreciation for the jury’s

After the decision was announced, JJ’s biological grandpa, Larry Woodcock, thanked the jury for their service outside the courthouse. “Thank y’all, thank y’all, thank y’all,” he said with arms spread. “What they went through, what they saw, is mind-boggling.”

In January 2020, Woodcock and his wife Kay offered a $20,000 prize for information that would result in the children’s recovery.

“I hope that nobody ever has to go through this,” he said Friday. “I hope nobody ever has to see and hear the details of what happened to JJ, to Tylee and to Tammy.”

The case against Chad Daybell, who also entered a not guilty plea, will be heard separately.

In October 2019, Tammy Daybell passed away peacefully; a few weeks later, Vallow Daybell wed Daybell.

In June 2020, law enforcement officials in Fremont County, Idaho, found Daybell’s stepchildren’s remains in his property. Two felony counts of conspiracy to destroy, modify, or hide evidence as well as two criminal counts of evidence destruction, alteration, or concealment are brought against him.

Rob Wood, the Madison County prosecutor, encouraged the jury in closing arguments, which came to a conclusion on Thursday after a month-long trial, to find Vallow Daybell guilty on each count for which she is accused.

Wood told the jury on Thursday, as pictures of Tammy Daybell and Vallow Daybell’s kids were projected onto the courtroom wall, “You must convict her,”

In a statement released on Friday, Wood and Fremont County prosecutor Lindsey Blake expressed their “great satisfaction” with the judgment. In the statement, it was stated, “We want to reassure everyone of you that we are dedicated to pursuing justice for Tylee Ryan, JJ Vallow, and Tammy Daybell.

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The defense filed a Rule 29 motion before resting their case on Tuesday, asking for judgment of acquittal before the case is presented to the jury on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations.

On Thursday, Judge Steven Boyce dismissed the request in its entirety.
“If you find her guilty, will that bring the kids back? Nope. If you find her not guilty, will that bring the kids back? Nope,” Archibald said.

People who know the pair, who wed soon after Vallow Daybell’s kids vanished, have portrayed them as members of an extreme religious doomsday cult, The May 2021 indictment said that the pair “did endorse and espouse religious beliefs for the purpose of” defending or promoting the murders of the kids and Tammy Daybell.

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