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FBI investigator resumes testimony in Chad Daybell murder trial

BOISE — Wednesday marks the 24th day of testimony in the murder trial for Chad Daybell, which is scheduled to last through the end of May.

Rick Wright, a special investigator with the FBI, will return to the stand Wednesday as Daybell’s attorney, John Prior, continues his cross-examination. On Tuesday, Wright testified Alex Cox’s phone was behind Chad Daybell’s home shortly after the last sightings of Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16.

Police began searching for JJ and Tylee in November 2019, and their bodies were found on Daybell’s property over six months later. They were both last seen in September 2019.

Daybell is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of the two children of his new wife Lori Vallow Daybell, along with the death of his then-wife Tammy Daybell. He is also charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder of each of the victims, grand theft and two counts of insurance fraud. is streaming the trial each day.

Wright also testified Tuesday that Cox’s phone location was near Chad Daybell’s home on two significant occasions in October 2019 — the day Tammy Daybell reported a man pointing and firing a gun at her, and 10 days later, on the night she died. Cox, who has since died, was Lori Daybell’s brother.

Dr. Lily Marsden, who attended the exhumation and autopsy of Tammy Daybell, testified Tuesday that she believes someone restricting Tammy Daybell’s airway caused her death.

Marsden also testified during the trial that the bruises on Tammy Daybell’s arms and chest were “acute” and her “body had not started to mount a response to try to clean up the injury,” meaning the bruises likely were caused in the hours before or minutes after her death.

This story will be updated.

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