Children receive warmth and tenderness from their mothers. Our favorite spot to feel safe and loved is on a mother’s lap. Our mother’s hands are always available to hold us, take care of our tasks, and shield us. But can you ever picture a mother using her hands to murder one of her own children? Shocking, terrible, and tragic are all inadequate descriptions of how I feel. But regrettably, this is a real scenario in the USA in Lori Vallow Daybell case.
Lori Vallow Daybell Case
Lori Vallow Daybell was found guilty by a jury of murdering two of her children in what the prosecution said was a doomsday scheme. In addition to being convicted guilty of theft charges for taking Social Security benefits intended for the children, Vallow Daybell, 49, was also found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of the children and Tammy Daybell, her husband’s first wife.
For the 2019 killings of Lori Vallow Daybell’s children, Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, whose corpses were discovered on an Idaho ranch owned by Chad Daybell after a months-long hunt, the couple was each charged with two charges of first-degree murder.
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The jury debated for almost four hours on Thursday and two hours on Friday before deciding. Then, the court read the judgment in front of a crowded Boise courtroom and live-streamed it.
According to a source close to the case, although Vallow Daybell was unmoved by the decision, she was angry with her lawyers for attempting to blame her husband during the closing statements.
Judge Steven Boyce’s Judgement
According to Judge Steven Boyce, she will be punished in roughly three months. Boyce had eliminated the possibility of the death sentence before her trial so that she may face life in prison instead. Judge Steven Boyce advised the audience to hold off on any “loud outbursts” while the judgment was being read.
Although the prosecution stated it was “very pleased” with the jury’s decision, it chose not to elaborate further due to Chad Daybell’s ongoing legal battle. As the court concluded the hearing, relatives of the victims responded with tears, expressions of relief, and a fist pump. They then sat arm in arm.
When Kay and Larry Woodcock, JJ Vallow’s grandparents, left the courthouse, people cheered them as they sang “We Will Rock You,” one of J.J.’s favorite songs. The trial was largely attended by the two.
A clearly distressed Larry Woodcock thanked everyone and said he wanted to embrace the jurors for all they had to witness and hear during the trial.
Victim’s Grandparents React To The Verdict
Larry Woodcock, J.’s grandpa, who together with his wife had filed a missing persons report for the kids, hailed the jury for their “honest, fair, and righteous verdict.”
“What they went through, what they saw is mind-boggling,” Woodcock, who has been in the courtroom during the trial, informed reporters outside the courthouse after the judgment.”I hope that nobody ever has to go through this. I hope nobody ever has to see and hear the details of what happened to J.J., to Tylee, and Tammy.”When asked for his parting words to Lori Vallow Daybell, he broke into the Willie Nelson song “The Party’s Over.”
“J.J., I love you. Pawpaw wishes you were here in other circumstances. Tylee — pawpaw loves you,” Woodcock said, weeping. “Tammy, I am sorry for what happened to you. My heart hurts. My heart hurts for these three.”
Lori Vallow Daybell “used money, power, and sex” to set the plan for the children’s murder in action in October 2018, and she and her spouse “used religion to manipulate others,” according to Wood, the lead prosecutor, who addressed the jury during closing arguments on Thursday.
Wood stated, “It doesn’t matter what they thought; it matters what they did. They are free to have any opinion they like, but when the murder occurs, things are different.
The Final Decision
Following a ten-month stay in an Idaho mental health institution, Lori Vallow Daybell was found to be competent to stand trial last year. Her lawyers had previously stated that they did not intend to bring up a mental health defense during the trial’s guilt phase.
In Lori Vallow Daybell’s case, the court had agreed to the defense’s request to have the death penalty thrown out.
Lori Vallow Daybell was also charged with grand theft in relation to Social Security survivor payments. It was intended for the upkeep of her children, which, according to the prosecution, were taken after the kids went missing and were later discovered dead. On that point as well, the jury found her guilty.
JUST IN: An Idaho jury found Lori Vallow Daybell guilty of murdering her two children JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan in 2019. pic.twitter.com/wTqV8gbTjV
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As the beneficiary of Tamara Daybell’s life insurance policy, Chad Daybell was also charged with two counts of insurance fraud, according to the prosecution.
To their separate counts, they had both entered not-guilty pleas. Accordingly, the judge granted their requests for separate trials, with Chad Daybell’s proceeding at a later time.
⚖️ ID v. #LoriVallowDaybell –
Verdict in: GUILTY!!!
Lori Vallow Daybell has been found GUILTY on all charges!!! Hope she enjoys those prison bars.
• Conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder (Tylee Ryan)
• 1st degree murder (Tylee Ryan)
• Conspiracy to commit 1st… pic.twitter.com/eTQN7ct9ms
— True Crime with Laura🕵🏼♀️⚖️ (@Lauraonthecase) May 12, 2023
Today is a good day! My former sister-in-law, #LoriVallow, was convicted of all charges. Justice won’t bring back my niece, Tylee Ryan, her little brother, JJ Vallow, or Chad Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, but it lightens the load a bit. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/vZWolMWfSk
— Annie Cushing (@AnnieCushing) May 12, 2023
Lori will likely spend the rest of her life behind bars for the murder of her two youngest children, Tylee and JJ, and Tammy Daybell. Good Riddance. #LoriVallow #LoriVallowTrial pic.twitter.com/WAU384iXhZ
— Annie Elise x 10 to LIFE (@_10toLIFE) May 12, 2023