Death penalty possible for Idaho man convicted of killing his ex-wife and two children

A jury in the US state of Idaho will consider the death penalty on Friday after finding a man guilty of killing his first wife and two children.

According to a report, Chad Daybell was found guilty by an Ada County jury on Thursday of first-degree murder and conspiracy in connection with the deaths of his first wife and his second wife's two children.

The prosecution argued that Daybell murdered Tammy Daybell, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallo out of a desire for money, power, sex and strange spiritual beliefs, and the state is seeking the death penalty.

The murders were committed “because he believed it was his legitimate calling,” prosecutors said.

The now convicted killer's second wife, Lori Vallow Daybell, was also recently charged with conspiracy in connection with the death of Tammy Daybell and with murder in connection with the deaths of her two children, the report said.

She was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The remains of Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallo were discovered in Daybell's backyard in June 2020, but the two minors are believed to have been murdered in 2019, and Tammy Daybell's body was found in October 2019, according to the report.

“The following month, his wife is found dead in the marital bed. Seventeen days after the death of his wife, Tammy Daybell, this defendant is photographed laughing and dancing on a beach in Hawaii at his wedding to Lori Vallow, a woman who was his lover and the mother of the children buried in the graves on his property,” said prosecutor Rob Wood. “Three bodies.”

“This is a sad day. JJ would have been 12 years old,” said Larry Woodcock, JJ Vallo's grandfather, after the verdict was announced on Thursday. “What have they accomplished? Nothing. What have they done? They have destroyed families.”


However, Daybell and his second wife failed to destroy the memory of the people they killed, Woodcock said.

“They can’t stand that,” he said.

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