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Update: Jury to decide if Chad Daybell gets the death penalty



Chad Daybell turned down his opportunity to address the court. The jury went into deliberations over the death penalty Friday afternoon.

IDAHO, USA — The same jury that convicted Chad Daybell in the murders of three people will also decide if Daybell should get the death penalty.

The so-called doomsday author was convicted in the deaths of his wife Lori Vallow’s two children, Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow. The jury also found him guilty in the murder of his first wife Tammy Daybell and other conspiracy and insurance fraud charges.

The jury delivered its guilty verdict Thursday afternoon after less than a day of deliberation. 

It will be up to the same jury to decide if Chad Daybell should receive a punishment of death.

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On Friday, the case moved into the sentencing phase.

Prosecutors presented opening and closing statements to the jury. They also called nine victims to the stand to reach impact statements in court. Statements were made by relatives of Tammy Daybell, Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow.

Chad Daybell turned down his opportunity to address to the court.  His attorney, John Prior, said he would not present any evidence in this phase. Prior delivered opening and closing statements to the jury, where he continued to blame Lori Vallow for the crimes.

The judge instructed the jurors that they needed to find at least one aggravating factor on each count to find the death penalty to be just.

The judge will formally impose the sentence, but can’t override the jury’s sentencing decision, according to information from Robin Maher, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

The jury went into deliberations on the death penalty for Chad Daybell Friday afternoon.

There are currently eight people on Idaho’s death row, according to the Idaho Department of Correction.

Lori Vallow was convicted in this case last year and sentenced to life in prison in Idaho. Prosecutors sought the death penalty in her case, but her attorneys were able to strike that as an option before the trial.  She’s currently in jail in Arizona to face additional conspiracy charges out of Gilbert and Chandler.

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