Jury selection day 5: Jury finalized in Lori Vallow Daybell case, opening statements to begin Monday - East Idaho News

Jury selection day 5: Jury finalized in Lori Vallow Daybell case, opening statements to begin Monday

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BOISE — Ten men and eight women will serve on the jury in the Lori Vallow Daybell case. The group consists of twelve jurors and six alternates who won’t be revealed until deliberations at the end of the trial.

Opening statements will begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. followed by witnesses and evidence.

EastIdahoNews.com reporter Nate Eaton has been in the courtroom all week and is providing live updates throughout each day. You can get caught up on the details below.


10:21 a.m. We have part two of audio from day three of jury selection. You can listen here:

10:17 a.m. Ten men, eight women will serve on the jury.

10:16 a.m. Court is adjourned until Monday morning.

10:13 a.m. Boyce dismisses jury and says they will report back Monday at 8:30 a.m. for opening statements and evidence.

10:11 a.m. Boyce suggests jurors who have any dangerous hobbies like skydiving, “chain-saw juggling” or other activities might consider giving them up during the trial. Everyone laughs. He asks them to wear their seatbelts.

10:10 a.m. Boyce: “This is going to be a long trial. Part of the reason each one of you is here selected by the attorneys and approved by the court is we all have confidence each one of you is dependable enough to follow instructions. We have some alternate jurors however you are all jurors and it’s only after all evidence is submitted that we will determine who is an alternate.”

10:08 a.m. Boyce: “If any person tries to talk to you about the case, tell them you are serving as a juror and cannot discuss it. If they persist, contact the bailiff.”

10:05 a.m. We have a jury. Boyce now reading instructions. Says members will be sworn in Monday morning and they can not discuss the case with anyone, they cannot email, text, blog, tweet or communicate with anyone about it. “This is one of the hardest instructions for jurors to follow.

10:01 a.m. We have received audio from day three of jury selection. It’s about 5 1/2 hours long. Here is part one.

10 a.m. Boyce is announcing the numbers of those jurors who are excused from serving on the jury.

9:59 a.m. Striking has concluded. Judge Boyce will now announce who will serve on the jury.

9:47 a.m. Striking of jurors continue. Lori Vallow Daybell seems actively involved with her attorneys – reading over the papers, whispering to them, giving suggestions to both John Thomas and Jim Archibald.

9:33 a.m. Defense and prosecution currently striking the jurors. This is done quietly – both sides are writing down the names of those jurors they want excluded.

9:26 a.m. After staff were called in to troubleshoot issues with audio in the overflow room, we can now hear what’s happening in the courtroom.

9:08 a.m. Trial court administrator says seats in the main courtroom were full within two minutes. There are 60 seats. Court staff currently going through all reservations making sure there are not duplicates. They will fill any seats that may open up. Reservations for the overflow room will begin at noon.

8:57 a.m. Beginning Monday, members of the public can sit in the main courtroom as opening statements begin. Seats are reserved through an online reservation system. I have a seat in the courtroom, many members of the media do not. Overflow room in Ada County Courthouse holds around 200 people. Reservations must be made for that room. Proceedings are also being transmitted to the Madison County Courthouse.

8:54 a.m. The jury should be finalized today. A pool of 45 men and women will report at 9 a.m. and preemptory challenges will begin. The court only needed 42 but Judge Boyce wanted a few more just in case some are sick, can’t make it, etc. Defense and prosecution each get to eliminate 12. After 18 are set, 12 will be picked as jurors with six alternates.


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