Lori Vallow Daybell Found Guilty: Convicted for Murdering Her Children
A jury found Lori Vallow Daybell guilty of killing two of her children and plotting to kill a love rival. The judge said the decision in court, but a sentencing meeting hasn’t been set up yet. Vallow Daybell could be sent to jail for the rest of his life. Two years ago, both she and her husband, Chad Daybell, were charged with crimes.
During the trial, which ran more than a month, prosecutors showed graphic proof and pictures of the place where the bodies of the children were found. Surprisingly, Vallow Daybell’s defense team didn’t call any witnesses. Instead, they rested their case as soon as the prosecutors finished.
The live-streamed reading of the ruling was an exception to the court’s earlier decision to limit audio coverage to keep delicate and upsetting pictures from getting out.
What Does Vallow Daybell Get in Trouble For?
Vallow Daybell is accused of killing her two youngest children, Tylee Ryan and Joshua “JJ” Jaxon Vallow. In September 2019, the children went missing, and in June 2020, their bodies were found hidden on Chad Daybell’s land.
Vallow Daybell was also charged with felony child abandonment and obstruction because she didn’t report her children missing and kept getting benefits even though they were gone.
Vallow Daybell is also accused of plotting to kill Chad Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell. Tammy Daybell was found dead in her home just before Vallow Daybell married Chad Daybell.
What Happened At The Court Case?
During the trial, the state showed many witnesses and upsetting evidence, like bodies that had been burned and cut up. The defense decided not to call any witnesses and tried to claim that there wasn’t enough proof.
The government’s case was that Vallow and Chad Daybell did what they did because they had very strong religious views about zombies and the end of the world.
During the trial, it was brought up that Vallow Daybell was part of an extreme group within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple pretended to be religious leaders and had ideas about how to find bad ghosts and get rid of dead bodies.
Prosecutors said that Vallow and Chad Daybell wanted to get money from insurance claims and government benefits. Which was another important part of the case. The government said that they took advantage of their family members’ deaths to start a new life together.
Vallow Daybell is being charged with grand theft. Because she used Social Security money meant for her children’s care without telling anyone that Tylee had died.
Before his wife died suddenly, Chad Daybell also signed papers to raise the amount of her life insurance. The decision is the end of a high-profile trial that got a lot of attention. Because of how shocking the crimes were and how important religion was to them.