LIVE UPDATES FROM THE LORI VALLOW DAYBELL TRIAL
WATCH THE VERDICT BEING GIVEN IN COURT IN THE PLAYER ABOVE. SEE REACTIONS TO THE VERDICT IN THE PLAYER BELOW.
1:10 p.m. Jurors are being escorted out. Judge asks us all to remain here until they have left. Court is adjourned. I’ll be live shortly outside with new developments. Also – a special two-hour Dateline airs tonight with Keith Morrison all about the case and the trial. Watch tonight on NBC.
1:09 p.m. Boyce thanks all the jurors for their service. He explains that a pre-sentence report needs to be completed before he sentences Lori. He believes it will be about three months. Lori’s reaction – very straight-faced, no emotion. She will not go back to the Madison County Jail.
1:03 p.m. Clerk reads the verdict. Lori stands up:
COUNT ONE (conspiracy Tylee) — GUILTY
COUNT TWO (murder Tylee) — GUILTY
COUNT THREE (conspiracy JJ) — GUILTY
COUNT FOUR (murder JJ) — GUILTY
COUNT FIVE (conspiracy Tammy) — GUILTY
(count six does not apply)
COUNT SEVEN (grand theft) — GUILTY
1:02 p.m. Boyce asks if a verdict has been reached. Yes. They bring him the verdict. He is reading it.
1 p.m. Jury walks in. Defense and prosecutors stipulate the jurors are all here and properly seated.
12:59 p.m. Boyce welcomes everyone. “The court has been advised the jury has reached a verdict at this time. Is the state ready to proceed? Yes, your honor. Is the defense ready? Yes, your honor.” The jurors are now being brought in for the last time.
12:58 p.m. Judge Boyce is on the bench. There are a lot of extra security officers in here today and they have lowered the automatic window shades in the courtroom. I assume this will help with camera lighting.
12:57 p.m. Lori is chatting with her attorneys. She is smiling during the conversation. Legs are crossed.
12:55 p.m. Lori Vallow Daybell is walking in. She’s dressed in a black top, black suit jacket, dark pants and black boots.
12:53 p.m. The alternate jurors just walked in and are sitting on the opposite side of the courtroom across from the jury box.
12:50 p.m. Crowds are gathering outside the courthouse. Photo from Kalama Hines:
12:48 p.m. Waiting for Lori Vallow Daybell to walk into the courtroom. Jurors and judge are not here yet.
12:45 p.m. Courtroom doors have been locked. Bailiff gives instructions to remove hats and sunglasses. He tells everyone to silence their phones.
12:43 p.m. One minute away.
12:41 p.m. Verdict will be read in four minutes.
12:39 p.m. Kay and Larry Woodcock will be holding a news conference after the verdict is read on the courthouse steps. We will carry it live.
12:38 p.m. Six weeks. 60 witnesses. Hundreds of pieces of evidence. Thousands of man hours. Dozens of exhibits. Phone calls. Recordings. Videos. Blood. Sweat. Tears. We are here.
12:37 p.m. John Thomas, Jim Archibald and Brandon Hobbs, the defense investigator, just walked in. Thomas walked over to his daughter and her friend and said, “Thanks for showing up.”
12:27 p.m. Rob Wood, Lindsey Blake and Spencer Rammell just walked in.
12:22 p.m. Bailiff reminds everyone to silence their phones. “You’d hate to have a phone ring during a verdict. That’s just awkward.” The court is now testing the live stream. Verdict will be read in 20 minutes.
12:17 p.m. Here are the charges Lori faces:
12:15 p.m. The courtroom is packed.
12:14 p.m. John Thomas’ daughter and a friend, who have been here for much of the trial, just walked in and are sitting on the reserved defense row. Prosecutors Tawnya Rawlings and Rachel Smith are sitting at their table.
12:10 p.m. Personal note: I was outside the courthouse getting a sandwich and chatting with viewers about 30 minutes ago. I made my way up to the courtroom and someone told me “something is happening.” They described a bailiff walking in and whispering something to a court clerk. The clerk then texted someone. About 5-10 minutes later, the trial court administrator walked in and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, the jury has reached a verdict.”
12:07 p.m. Several Rexburg police and Fremont County detectives, officers are in the courtroom. They have worked tirelessly for 3.5 years to get to this day.
12:04 p.m. Kalama Hines, my colleague who is outside the courthouse, describes the scene as “Excitement. Lots of moving. Frantic, almost.”
11:57 a.m. We will stream the verdict live in the video player above. After the verdict is read, I will run downstairs and continue live coverage all afternoon as we get reaction from people here.
11:53 a.m. The jury has deliberated for around 7 hours. There is a definite buzz in the courtroom.
11:50 a.m. We have a verdict. It will be read at 12:45 p.m.
10:38 a.m. A live video feed from the courtroom cameras will still be provided as the verdict is read – plus we will get photos from the still photographer.
10:17 a.m. Here are some photos my colleague Kalama Hines took outside the courthouse to give you an idea of the media scene.
10:09 a.m. Judge Boyce has approved a request to have one still photographer in the courtroom when the verdict is read. AP will coordinate the pool camera so we will have photos.
9:47 a.m. The jury received the case around 2:15 p.m. yesterday. They took a 15-20 minute dinner break before going home by 7 p.m. They began deliberating this morning at 9 a.m.
9:42 a.m. Kay Woodcock is wearing a blue and purple dress with a blue and purple necklace – JJ and Tylee’s colors.
9:15 a.m. The public seating area in the courtroom is nearly full. Lori’s attorneys are here. Prosecutors Rob Wood and Rachel Smith are too.
9:10 a.m. Larry Woodcock walked into the courthouse playing “The Party’s Over” on his iPad. He’s singing some of the lyrics and added, “Lori, the party’s over.” His T-shirt says “World’s Greatest Papa.”
9 a.m. A line began forming at 4 a.m. outside the Ada County Courthouse this morning. We could get a verdict today in the Lori Vallow Daybell trial.