Doomsday Cult Mom Trial: Day 3 of jury selection

Jury selection continues in the murder trial of Lori Vallow Daybell

Attorneys continued to question potential jurors for a third day. The court had 39 potential jurors picked to move onto the next phase by the end of the day Wednesday. The goal is 42 potential jurors.

Posted at 2:42 PM, April 5, 2023 and last updated 10:10 PM, April 5, 2023

By: Karen Lehr

BOISE, Idaho (KIVI) — Wednesday marks day 3 for jury selection in the trial of Lori Vallow Daybell. The eastern Idaho mom is facing multiple murder charges related to the 2019 deaths of her two children, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, and her husband’s previous wife, Tammy Daybell.

The jury selection process started Monday. We entered Wednesday’s proceedings with 30 jurors who have moved forward from Monday and Tuesday’s questioning.

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The goal for Wednesday is to approve 12 additional jurors to meet the 42 needed to move on to peremptory strikes. In the next step, lawyers on each side will be permitted to dismiss jurors of their choosing without explanation.

The end result will be 18 Ada County residents: 12 jurors and six alternates who will serve for the duration of the trial which could take eight weeks.

Many potential jurors were dismissed this week due to concerns about the extended time commitment and potential loss of income. Others were excused for bias based on information they previously knew about the case.

Once the jury is finalized, Judge Steve Boyce will decide when the court will move to opening arguments. We could start hearing evidence and testimony as soon as Thursday.

This story was originally published April 5, 2023 by KIVI in Boise, an E.W. Scripps Company.