LIVE UPDATES | Police video, jail recording played in day 3 of Chad Daybell trial as more witnesses take the stand - East Idaho News

LIVE UPDATES | Police video, jail recording played in day 3 of Chad Daybell trial as more witnesses take the stand

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Excuse the typos – these are live updates from the courtroom


3:23 p.m. Court is adjourned until tomorrow. A lot to talk about tonight on ‘Courtroom Insider.’ Join me live at 6:30 p.m. MDT.
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3:22 p.m. Blake says the exhibit is finished but has more for the witness. She says this would be a logical stopping point for the day. The exhibit is admitted. Tomorrow court will run from 8:30-3:30 but a motion will be taken up at 1 p.m. outside of the jury’s presence.

3:17 p.m. Blake asks to approach. The attorneys go back into chambers with the judge.

3:15 p.m. Heideman now explaining the phone numbers attributed to Alex Cox. She talks about the relevant information she found on these numbers that connect Alex to the case.

3:13 p.m. Heideman reads the next number into the record. She now focuses on the main three numbers in the investigation.

3:10 p.m. Heideman details a phone number that was used for Allegiant airline reservations and other purposes. The next number appeared in various places within the investigation. It was subscribed to Lori Vallow and associated with the lollytime and Lori4Style iCloud accounts.

3:07 p.m. Heideman says there were a lot of numbers and a lot of aliases associated with people in the investigation. Heideman explains some texts that were sent to different numbers.

3:05 p.m. “There are a lot of cell phones in this investigation,” Heideman says. Two numbers were listed in white on the screen and three other numbers listed in yellow. Heideman says the yellow numbers are particularly relevant in the trial.

3:04 p.m. The last number was first identified in connection to Alex Cox. The contact was saved in the Lori4Style iCloud account as Bishop Miller.

3:02 p.m. The next phone number was saved as contact “Bobby” in the lollytime iCloud account (Lori’s account). This number called the Valley of the Sun mortuary on July 11, 2019. It was Chad who called. On Aug. 11, 2019 (Chad’s birthday), Lori sent a text of kisses. It was saved as Shumway in the Lori4Style account.

2:59 p.m. Blake asks Heideman how she does her research to determine numbers are legitimate. She explains how she does her research and Blake shows another phone number on the screen associated with Chad. It was activated in 2018 and deactivated in January 2019. It saved as Melanie 2 in the Lori4Stlye iCloud account. The next phone number was activated the same day the prior number expired – Jan. 31, 2019. It was saved as contact Janey in the Lori4Style iCloud account.

2:56 p.m. This research was done between October 2018 and January 2020. Blake displays one of Chad’s phone numbers and there are 9 items of interest under the number. The number was subscribed to Tammy Daybell, it was listed as contact number for Chad in a Hawaii rental agreement, it was saved in Tammy’s phone as Chad, it was associated with Chad’s Gmail account and it was listed as “Bishop Shumway” in the Lori4Style iCloud account. It was also saved as contact “Dad” in Seth Daybell’s phone.

2:54 p.m. The presentation shows the phone attribution of Chad, Lori and Alex. Chad had 9 phone numbers – 3 of interest. Lori had 6, 3 of interest. Chad had 6 phone numbers, 3 of interest.

2:52 p.m. Lindsey Blake is questioning Heideman. Blake asks to admit a Powerpoint presentation prepared by Heideman.

2:50 p.m. Heideman has worked for the FBI for 16 years. She became involved in the missing kid case in early 2020. She was assigned to research data and phone attribution. Phone attribution is meant to determine the likely primary user of a phone number.

2:48 p.m. Jurors are in their seats. State calls Nicole Heideman to the stand. She is an FBI Tactical Specialist. She also testified in Lori Vallow’s trial.

2:45 p.m. Boyce says there has been an issue with some people who attended the trial today. It involved the jury and those people are not permitted back in the courtroom. He reminds everyone of the courtroom conduct order.

2:44 p.m. We are back in the courtroom. All the attorneys are at their tables and Chad is chatting with John Prior.

2:13 p.m. Powell is done on the stand but may be recalled. We are now taking an afternoon break. Be back in 30 minutes.

2:12 p.m. Prior asks if Powell is aware that Chad is not implicated in the murder of Charles Vallow and the attempted murder of Brandon Boudreaux. Powell says he’s aware of that. Prior asks because of these other deaths, how does that give Powell the right to dig up Tammy Daybell? Powell says it’s because of all the other information. Prior has nothing further.

2:10 p.m. Powell says Lori and Chad were together 4-6 hours on Nov. 1, 2019. Powell never saw any children with the couple. Wixom has no further questions. Prior asks to further question. Boyce says as long as it’s very limited in scope.

2:08 p.m. Wixom says despite what was in the deputy’s report, did other facts lead Powell to seek the exhumation order. Powell says yes.

2:07 p.m. Chad Daybell did not want an autopsy on his wife. Wixom asks if there were other factors surrounding the decision for the exhumation. Powell says all the deaths surrounding Lori Vallow were a factor.

2:04 p.m. Wixom has follow up questions. He asks Powell if, at the time of the exhumation, he was aware the kids were missing. Powell says yes. Wixom asks Powell if he was aware Chad and Lori were together at the time of the exhumation. Powell says yes. Lori and Chad were holding hands at Hobby Lobby 12 days after Tammy died.

2:02 p.m. Prior lists the medical conditions Tammy was having and confirms with Powell that he didn’t take these items into consideration before “digging Tammy from the ground.” Powell confirms he did not. Prior is done questioning but intends to call him back during the defense portion of the trial.

2:00 p.m. Chad also told the coroner his mom was having seizures. Their daughter said Tammy was taking clogging classes and had slowed down lately. “You didn’t take that into consideration when you decided to dig up Tammy Daybell, did you?” Prior asks. Powell says, “No.”

1:58 p.m. Prior asks about bruises on Tammy’s body at time she passed away. Powell says he was aware of bruises. Prior asks if they were old bruises. Powell doesn’t recall. Prior says Tammy was clearly taking medication for bruising. Powell responds, “That’s what the report says.”

1:57 p.m. Prior points out Tammy used herbal medicines and untraditional treatments instead of going to the doctor when she was sick. Most of what was in the cupboard was essential oils and natural medicines.

1:56 p.m. Chad told investigators Tammy did not have any serious medical conditions. The last time she was at the doctor was approximately two months prior when she had fallen in the driveway after hurting her arm. Chad said Tammy had been feeling sick and had been going through menopause.

1:53 p.m. Prior shows another exhibit and asks Powell to read from the screen. This is a report of what Chad said happened the morning Tammy died. He says Tammy had a coughing fit and vomited. She went to sleep and died, according to Chad.

1:52 p.m. “You went to a judge to have her dug out of the ground and you didn’t even once look at the certificate of death!?” Prior asks. Powell responds, “Nope.”

1:50 p.m. Powell says Tammy Daybell’s children were never notified their mother was being exhumed. Back to the certificate. The cause of death says cardiac event and pulmonary edema. Prior points out Tammy’s father has a history of heart issues.

1:49 p.m. Prior points out the family history listed on Tammy’s record. Prior now shows another exhibit – Tammy Daybell’s death certificate. He asks Powell if he looked at her death certificate. Powell says he did not.

1:47 p.m. Prior shows the Teton Medical record on the screen. He points out that anemia is listed on the medical record. Prior points out anxiety and depression are also on the record.

1:44 p.m. Prior what’s suspicious about two single people going to a Hobby Lobby or going out to eat. Powell says it’s not suspicious.

1:42 p.m. Prior asks about the call Powell received from Gilbert police. Prior explains Powell received information about Alex Cox and Lori Vallow and a shooting involving Brandon Boudreaux. Prior says as part of Powell’s surveillance, he was able to establish a relationship between Lori and Chad. Powell says yes.

1:40 p.m. Prior asks Powell if he has a camera in his car or a body camera. Powell says no. Prior says it’s important to get the facts right from witnesses so cameras could be helpful. “It’s a tool you use to make sure everybody is playing on the same page. Would you agree with that?” Prior asks. Powell agrees.

1:39 p.m. Boyce mentions Tammy’s death certificate was admitted but never published. Prior begins to question Powell and is reminded, once again, to speak into his microphone.

1:34 p.m. Prior will now conduct cross examination. Vicki Hoban, Tammy Daybell’s aunt, is wiping her eyes and nose with a tissue. Boyce asks for a sidebar with attorneys.

1:33 p.m. Chad did not react when the photo of his dead wife was displayed on the screen.

1:32 p.m. Powell explains that he served a warrant on Chad’s home in January 2020. He helped collect electronic devices and take them to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

1:30 p.m. The casket was loaded into a hearse and taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Utah. Powell followed the body to the office and observed the autopsy. We now see an autopsy photo of Tammy Daybell.

1:28 p.m. Wixom shows the images on the screen. The first one shows the backhoe getting ready to dig at the gravesite in Springville. We see another photo of the cement vault being lifted out of the ground and anther photo showing the casket under the cement lid. Powell didn’t see any tampering.

1:27 p.m. Attorneys are back and Wixom asks to admit more exhibits. Wixom asks Powell what kind of things they look for to make sure there hasn’t been any tampering at the site of an exhumation. Powell was at the gravesite when Tammy’s casket was pulled from the ground.

1:22 p.m. Powell said he worked with the court in Utah and had Tammy exhumed. Wixom asks to approach. The attorneys go into the judge’s chambers. Daybell is scrolling on his laptop.

1:19 p.m. Powell requested Tammy’s records for two years. Wixom asks to publish the Seasons Medical record. We see the record on the screen. She was being seen for depression and nothing else. “She appeared to be healthy so I got a warrant for exhumation,” Powell says.

1:18 p.m. Attorneys are back. Wixom publishes the exhibit. It shows Tammy’s medical records from Teton Medical Group. Powell says when dealing with unattended death cases, it’s typical to get medical records. Powell says Tammy’s past medical history is pretty normal other than depression.

1:14 p.m. Wixom asks to admit an exhibit. Part of it is not legible. Boyce sidebars with attorneys. White noise is played in courtroom.

1:10 p.m. Wixom moves to admit an exhibit. Powell testifies that Chad told a deputy Tammy didn’t go to the doctor very often and the last time she had been to the doctor was two months prior for an arm injury. Powell ran her name through a law enforcement prescription program to find out if Tammy was on any medicine. She was on Tramadol. She had also been prescribed Fluoxetine, an antidepressant.

1:05 p.m. Jurors are in their seat. Lindsey Blake joins the prosecutors table. Wixom picks up with the Gilbert call he received about Tammy Daybell’s death.

1:02 p.m. We are back in the courtroom. Prior is sitting next to Chad Daybell. Boyce is on the bench. Rob Wood and Ingrid Batey are at the prosecutor’s table. Rocky Wixom will continue questioning Lt. Joe Powell. Larry and Kay Woodcock are inside the courtroom today. So is Vicki Hoban, Tammy Daybell’s aunt.

Noon We are now taking a lunch break. We will be back at 1 p.m.

11:57 a.m. After Chad and Lori left Cafe Rio, they drove to Cafe Rio. Powell and Chief Deputy Sean Garner went inside. Wixom asks to admit a photo of Chad and Lori eating inside Cafe Rio.

11:54 a.m. Powell saw Lori and Chad holding hands as they walk into Hobby Lobby. A photo was taken and Wixom asks to admit the picture. Prior objects to the image. Boyce overrules the objection. The photo is shown on the screen. Powell says Chad and Lori held hands the entire time they walked in.

11:52 a.m. Powell followed Chad from the apartment to Mountain America Credit Union. They lost him after that so they went back to Lori’s apartment. They saw Lori leave and go to the post office box in Sugar City. She then went to Walgreens. Chad and Lori then leave the apartment to a credit union in Idaho Falls followed by Hobby Lobby and Cafe Rio.

11:50 a.m. Powell proceeded to do surveillance on Lori’s apartment. They saw Chad leave the apartment on Pioneer Road the morning of Nov. 1, 2019. Powell consulted with Rexburg police as Lori’s apartment was in Rexburg.

11:48 a.m. Gilbert gave Powell the names of Alex Cox and Lori Vallow. They told them they might have ties to Chad Daybell. Powell drove to Chad’s house on Oct. 31, 2019. The Jeep wasn’t there and Powell notified Gilbert. The next day, Powell got an email asking if he could check some more addresses about the Jeep. One of the addresses was a PO Box in Sugar City, another was Lori’s apartment in Rexburg.

11:47 a.m. Powell reviewed the report and requested Tammy’s medical records. He sent the information to Gilbert police. Gilbert also asked Powell if they could locate the grey Jeep Wrangler with Texas plates. They told him they believed the Jeep was in Fremont County and it was involved in an attempted shooting.

11:46 a.m. Wixom asks about the morning Tammy Daybell died – Oct. 19, 2019. Powell was notified of Tammy’s death by a deputy. On Oct. 31, 2019, Powell got a call from law enforcement in Arizona inquiring about Tammy Daybell’s death. They asked for a copy of the death report.

11:44 a.m. Powell has been at the sheriff’s office for 22 years. Wixom asks Powell if his role includes getting involved with unattended deaths. Powell says yes. An unattended death is when someone discovers someone’s death – there’s nobody around when it happens.

11:42 a.m. The next witness is Fremont County Lt. Joe Powell.

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11:41 a.m. Wheeler’s testimony is concluded. Prior and Wixom says Wheeler may be recalled later in the trial.

11:40 a.m. Prior asks if Chad knew at the point he left Emma’s house if Chad had been told anything about the remains being found. Wheeler says at that point, Chad likely would not have known.

11:38 a.m. Prior asks Wheeler if he spoke to any other law enforcement officer during the break. Wheeler says he did not. Prior asks about Chad leaving when he learned about the remains being found on his property. Wheeler explains when he left, it was from Emma’s residence shortly after Wheeler learned JJ’s body had been found.

11:37 a.m. Wixom again asks Wheeler where Chad was looking while in the driveway. Wheeler says he was looking toward the fire pit. Wixom has no further questions. Prior has some follow up questions.

11:35 a.m. Wixom asks Wheeler to clarify that he was not directly involved in recovering JJ’s remains. He was not but made observations. The only time Wheeler saw law enforcement go into the house was at the beginning of the day. All of the search was happening outside on the property.

11:34 a.m. Everyone back. Boyce says the question is struck from the record. Wixom says he has a few more questions.

11:33 a.m. Wixom asks a question and Prior objects – then asks for a sidebar with the judge. All the attorneys leave the courtroom again with Boyce. Wixom has tried to bring up the term “consciousness of guilt” twice and Prior is opposed to it.

11:32 a.m. Boyce is back on the bench and the attorneys have returned.

11:29 a.m. Wheeler says all conduct by law enforcement in recovering the remains that morning was careful. Prior objects to Wixom’s question and Boyce calls for a sidebar. All the attorneys leave the courtroom.

11:27 a.m. Wheeler says he found a portion of a skull, flesh and other bones in a bucket melted. Other than JJ and Tylee, no other human remains were found on the property.

11:25 a.m. Wixom follows up on the question about shovels and tools used to recover Tylee’s remains. Wheeler says the majority of what he did was on his hands and knees using brushes to remove portions of dirt away from the mass that was found.

11:23 a.m. Wixom asks Wheeler is any of Tylee’s remains were buried in the pet cemetery. Wheeler can’t testify exactly where the remains were in the fire pit area.

11:22 a.m. Wixom follows up on the speed issue that Prior brought up earlier. He asks if someone who had bodies buried on their property might accelerate quickly to get away from the property. Wheeler says yes.

11:20 a.m. “In your experience, if someone is about to be discovered in a crime, about to be caught in a crime, have you ever experienced someone just acknowledging that and surrendering because they are caught?” Wixom asks. Wheeler says it is common for suspects to try and distance themselves.

11:19 a.m. Wixom will ask some re-direct questions. He begins by asking about someone getting nervous during a typical traffic stop. Wheeler says most people get a little nervous during traffic stops.

11:16 a.m. Wheeler says shovels, sifters and hand tools were used to dig in the dirt. Prior has no further questions.

11:15 a.m. Wheeler returned to the home at 1:30 p.m. After he returned, he was assigned to help in the fire pit area. There were multiple people at the fire pit and Wheeler says they were coming and going.

11:13 a.m. Prior continues to ask questions about where Chad was looking that morning. He then asks Wheeler what time Chad was dropped off at the jail. It was around 12:45 p.m., according to Wheeler. Prior asks Wheeler if he had been on Chad’s property before. He says no. Wheeler saw cadaver dogs on the property that morning.

11:12 a.m. Prior asks Wheeler about the statement Emma made. She said to her dad that she could tell by his reaction that he didn’t know what was going on out there.

11:10 a.m. Wheeler says Chad turned his head 4-5 times to look where police were working. Prior says that Chad didn’t run at that point. He went to his daughter’s for 90 minutes – 2 hours.

11:08 a.m. Prior says he’s having difficulty understanding why Chad moved his car. “If you have such a good view of the fire pit and the pond and the tree where JJ was found, if your purpose is to observe or see what’s going on for some nefarious reason, why would he move?” Prior says. Wheeler responds that he was told to move by law enforcement.

11:06 a.m. Prior asks if where Chad parked gave him the best view of the fire pit and the pond. Wheeler says he is unsure about the pond but yes on the fire pit.

11:05 a.m. At that point, Chad was put in the back of the police car and Emma was allowed to talk with him. Prior discusses how Chad spoke with Emma about their credit cards, business accounts, etc. “We don’t know whether he was doing that to try and figure out whether he was trying to post bond.”

11:03 a.m. Chad is then put into handcuffs and placed into the backseat of Wheeler’s car. Wheeler asks at what point Chad was advised they found a body on his property. Wheeler says it was right at this time.

11:02 a.m. Prior says it appears Mr. Daybell was in the process to see his lawyer that morning. Wheeler says he can’t testify to that.

11:01 a.m. We now see the body camera footage. Det. Ball walks up to Chad and says he is going to be detained. Chad says something inaudible and Ball responds, “Your attorney can now come to you.”

11 a.m. Prior asks about Wheeler’s body camera footage. Wheeler doesn’t recall the exact conversation on the video before Chad was taken into custody. Prior asks to publish the body camera footage.

10:56 a.m. Wheeler confirms Chad was in Emma’s house for 90 minutes – 2 hours. Prior asks about Chad leaving Emma’s house. Prior asks Wheeler to clarify Chad speeding off. Prior asks what the speed limit is in front of Chad’s house. Wheeler says it’s 50 mph. Prior asks if it would be unusual for someone to accelerate once they get on the highway. Wheeler says that would not be unusual.

10:55 a.m. Prior asks Wheeler when Chad was advised remains have been found on the property. Wheeler says that happened during the traffic stop.

10:53 a.m. Wheeler explains the events of that morning. Over the course of that morning, Daybell got into his car, moved it to the west side of his home, then took it to the home kitty corner to his property and then left southbound

10:51 a.m. Prior asking Wheeler about his body camera. Wheeler confirms he wore a camera that day.

10:50 a.m. Prior asks if any other citizens were at the property. Wheeler says no.

10:48 a.m. Prior wants to clarify Wheeler’s role the morning of June 9. Wheeler says he assisted in securing the road in front of the property. Prior asks how many officers were at the home. Wheeler can’t testify to that but confirms multiple agencies.

10:44 a.m. Attorneys are at their tables. Judge Boyce is on the bench. Det. Wheeler remains on the stand. Jurors will be brought in.

10:33 a.m. We are back in the courtroom. Chad Daybell is sitting alone as his table. Waiting on the attorneys and judge.

10:03 a.m. Boyce says we will now take a morning recess before Prior begins cross examination. Back in 30 minutes.

10:01 a.m. Wheeler returned to the Daybell home and began searching in the fire pit area. Wheeler says he also assisted in setting up light trailers that evening. Wixom has no further questions.

10 a.m. Wheeler says he was asked to transport Chad to the Fremont County Jail. His mugshot was taken:

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9:58 a.m. Wixom plays a short clip and asks Wheeler what direction Chad where Chad is looking. Wheeler says Chad is looking at the fire pit area, where Tylee’s remains were found.

9:56 a.m. Emma says she called Mark, her brother, and told her that dad was arrested. Chad says it’s all a matter of timing and things will come together. He says he loves Emma and they hug. He says they can talk on Telmate. Wixom pauses the video and advances further in the clip.

9:55 a.m. Emma says in her conversation with the police, she was told one set of human remains were found and they were looking for another. Wixom pauses the video after Chad says, “They’re not searching inside the house.” Wheeler confirms the search was focused on the property – not inside the home.

9:53 a.m. Emma and Chad continue to discuss finances. He tells her that he spoke with Lori for a few minutes. Emma asked if Lori was surprised. Chad says, “She seemed bothered and disturbed.” Emma tells her dad she asked the police where they found the human remains. She was told under the tree and there were boards over it. Chad says, “ok.” Emma says, “I can see in your face that it surprises you.”

9:51 a.m. Chad says “it will work out.” Emma says she’s going to miss her dad so much. Chad says he isn’t sure if he’s going to Madison or Fremont County Jail. Chad says he’s sure Fremont has a Telemate system so they can talk. Chad ended up going to Fremont County Jail. Chad says all the neighbors are going to be talking. Emma says they already are. She tells her dad, “We’re ok dad. We’re ok. You raised us so we are independent now. I’m not Colby,” – apparently referring to Colby Ryan, Lori’s son.

9:49 a.m. Emma asks if things can be sent from Amazon to the jail. Chad says Lori would know the Amazon account. He says he has around $265 in gift certificates in his Amazon account. Emma asks the officer near the car if they are leaving things in the home – like the computer. He says he does not know.

9:47 a.m. Chad tells Emma the house is essentially hers and he will talk to John Prior about financial arrangements. He continues to talk about money and maybe refinancing the house.

9:45 a.m. Wheeler says at this point, Chad had not been arrested. Emma tells her dad that she will take care of Mark (her brother) and her and her dad as best she can. Chad tells Emma to keep paying the mortgage out of the company account. They discuss the car payment. Chad says, “I’m not coming back.”

9:43 a.m. Emma says the police have been kind to them that day. She says she texted John Prior so he has her number. Chad continues to explain financial information to his daughter. Emma says to her dad that it sounds like he won’t be out for a while. Chad kind of laughs and says, “Right.”

9:41 a.m. Chad tells his daughter the password to his bank account. He goes through his bank cards with his daughter. He tells her the company business card is in the same drawer as the $9,000. Chad tells Emma the card used for Telmate. Emma says she already has a Telmate account that she’s been talking to Lori on. Chad tells Emma he puts $30 a week on Lori’s commissary. Emma starts to cry and says, “I love you so much!” Chad says, “I’m sorry” and tells her to cooperate with police “as much as she feels.”

9:39 a.m. The video continues to play. Chad asks if Emma can get his wallet. Lt. Ball asks if he can look through it. Chad says, “Sure.” Chad says Emma will be running his finances “I suppose.” Chad is looking at the screen in the courtroom as the video is played. Chad tells Emma there is about $9,000 in a middle drawer in Mark’s room.

9:37 a.m. Wixom asks Wheeler to explain the position of his vehicle relative to the Daybell property. Wheeler says he is parked on the southside of the residence facing west. “If you were to look right outside of that open door, you would be looking at his house.”

9:35 a.m. The video will start at one hour and three minutes. The clip comes up on the screen. Chad Daybell is wearing a baseball cap and polo shirt. The video shows Chad in the backseat of the car. Emma, Chad’s daughter, comes up to the side of the car and is crying. She says, “I love you so much” and give her dad a hug.

9:33 a.m. Wixom having a technical issue. Prior suggests we can take a break but Boyce hopes to get the video played before the break. Wixom says he is optimistic he can get it played.

9:32 a.m. The videos are over an hour long but only 15 minutes will be played in court. Prosecutors and defense each agree they can play whatever portions of the videos they would like.

9:28 a.m. Wixom asks Wheeler is there was some interaction with Chad. Wheeler says he placed handcuffs on Chad. He was told he was being detained and Chad was put in Wheeler’s patrol vehicle. Chad was told JJ had been found. Wheeler says there are three cameras inside his vehicle. Wixom moves to admit the video footage from the patrol vehicle. One is dash cam inside the vehicle, the other is a camera recording from outside the vehicle.

9:26 a.m. Wheeler says he heard Chad accelerate and he thought, “Is he trying to run?” Wheeler stopped Chad around the Fremont/Madison County line. Wheeler asked Chad to get out of his vehicle and said detectives were on the way to talk with him. Wheeler says Chad didn’t ask any questions and wasn’t shocked or surprised that he was stopped.

9:25 a.m. Wheeler says when Chad left the property, he appeared to be in a hurry. Detectives were assigned to keep an eye on him and Wheeler told Det. Schmitt that Chad was leaving in a vehicle. Other investigators came running over and said, “Hurry and go stop him.”

9:24 a.m. At one point, Chad got out of the vehicle, walked around and then got back in. He made a phone call and then drove over to Emma’s home. Wheeler says Chad had a brief conversation outside and then went into her house. He was inside for an hour – 90 minutes.

9:22 a.m. Wheeler says there were multiple times he saw Chad looking “awkwardly” over his shoulder toward where the investigators and cadaver dogs were working. Chad Daybell is writing on a yellow notepad and he just showed it to Prior. Wheeler continues to say Chad appeared to be suspicious about something in the pond area.

9:21 a.m. Wheeler first saw Chad Daybell leave the home around 7:30 a.m. and he walked to his vehicle. Wheeler says he moved his vehicle to a spot where he had a better location of the pond area. “He sat in his vehicle and was on his phone for quite some time – just saw there in his vehicle,” Wheeler says.

9:20 a.m. Wheeler arrived at the home just after 7 a.m. He says multiple law enforcement agencies were involved – Rexburg Police, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

9:19 a.m. Wheeler says when he arrived, he helped maintain traffic and stood by as detectives served the warrant to Chad. His role was to standby and observe the occupants of the home as they were coming and going.

9:17 a.m. During the search, Wheeler found remains of Tylee and observed the remains of JJ. He says Tylee’s remains were found near the fire pit and JJ’s remains were found near the pond in the rear of the property.

9:16 a.m. Wixom asks Wheeler if he assisted on the search on June 9, 2020. Wheeler’s role was to maintain scene security, traffic and crowd control while investigators conducted the search.

9:13 a.m. Wheeler walks in and takes the stand. Fremont County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Rocky Wixom is questioning Wheeler. Wheeler has worked for RPD for 18 years. He was patrol sergeant before becoming a detective.

9:12 a.m. Prior has no further questions. Kaaiakamanu is the state’s designated agent so he gets to sit in the courthouse the entire trial. Prior says he plans to recall Kaaiakamanu again. The next witness is Rexburg Det. Eric Wheeler.

9:11 a.m. Kaaiakamanu says when Chad drove away, police were in the process of discovering JJ Vallow’s body. Wood has no further question. Prior is questioning Kaaiakamanu on the phone call again. He asks if there were 30 officers on the property, there would be a different tone. Kaaiakamanu says yes. Prior asks Kaaiakamanu if he was aware Chad was going to get an attorney. Kaaiakamanu was not.

9:08 a.m. Prior spoke to Kaaiakamanu about how people get nervous when police show up. Wood asks Kaaiakamanu if he has listened to multiple calls between Chad and Lori. Kaaiakamanu says yes. Wood asks if the tone of the phone call on June 9 was different to their average phone call. Kaaiakamanu says yes. Wood asks Kaaiakamanu if he was present when Chad drove away. Kaaiakamanu was. Wood asks what was happening. Prior objects. Boyce overrules. Kaaiakamanu says when Chad drove away, police were looking for two bodies on his property.

9:06 a.m. Prior asks if anyone was on the scene at Chad’s house on June 9 who was not law enforcement. Kaaiakamanu says the coroner and some K9 dogs were there. They worked from 7 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. Prior has no further questions. Wood has some re-direct questions.

9:04 a.m. Prior asks how long Garth was at RPD for the interview. Kaaiakamanu says for a few hours. They got him McDonald’s and a soda. Garth asked for an attorney and the lawyer showed up. Prior asks Kaaiakamanu is reviewed videotape of Chad and Emma from June 9. Kaaiakamanu has not.

9:02 a.m. Prior asks Kaaiakamanu if he has interviewed Melanie Gibb. Kaaiakamanu says he has one time. Prior asks about Kaaiakamanu interviewing Garth Daybell, Chad’s son. Kaaiakamanu says he interviewed Garth one time at the Rexburg Police Department. Kaaiakamanu says he also went to the school where Garth teaches with an FBI special agent.

9 a.m. Prior references Lori mentioning “search again” on the call with Chad. He asks Kaaiakamanu how many times officers had searched Chad’s home prior to the June search. Kaaiakamanu says they went in January 2020. Prior asks if officers ever shows up unannounced at Chad’s house to search the property. Kaaiakamanu says no. They did go with a search warrant in January.

8:58 a.m. Prior asks how many officers were at Chad’s house. Kaaiakamanu says more than 30. Prior asks about Chad mentioning on the phone that he was at his daughter Emma’s house, which was kitty corner to Chad’s home. Prior asks if he found out who the person was calling that interrupted Chad’s call with Lori. Kaaiakamanu says he does not know.

8:57 a.m. Wood has no further questions for Kaaiakamanu. Prior will now cross-examine.

8:56 a.m. Chad tells Lori he’s getting a call from someone else. “I love you so much,” he says.” Lori asks if she could try and call him later. Chad says, “I don’t know. I don’t know. You can try. I’ll answer if I can.” Chad says, “I love you and I’ll talk soon.” Lori says she loves him and the call ends.

8:54 a.m. Chad is looking at the screen in the courtroom as the call is played. The call continues with Chad saying, “I’m glad you called. We’ll see what transpires.” Lori responds, “K. What do you want me to do? Pray?” Chad says, “Yeah, pray. And…yeah.” Chad tells Lori to call Mark – maybe. Mark Means is their former attorney.

8:52 a.m. Lori called Chad. “Hi babe. Are you ok?” she says. “They’re searching the property,” Chad responds. “The house right now?” Lori responds. “Yes. Yes,” Chad says. “So Mark Means will be talking to you.” Lori asks if they are in the house. Chad says no, they are out on the property. Lori asks if they are seizing stuff again. Chad responds, “They’re searching.”

8:51 a.m. The exhibit is a thumb drive containing a call between Chad and Lori. Wood is about to play the call. You can listen here:

8:50 a.m. Wood asks about June 9, 2020. Lori Vallow Daybell was in the Madison County Jail. Chad Daybell was not in jail. Wood asks to admit an exhibit.

8:48 a.m. Kaaiakamanu says all inmate calls are recorded. He can log into the system and listen to calls but he is unable to edit the information. Tablets and phones are located in the pods of the jail for inmate use.

8:46 a.m. Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood is questioning Kaaiakamanu. The chief deputy explains he oversees the Telmate phone/video system that inmates use in the jail. Wood asks Kaaiakamanu how he makes sure inmates don’t make calls on behalf of other inmates. The deputy explains every inmate has a PIN number and a photo is taken. Their voice is also recorded.

8:45 a.m. Kaaiakamanu worked for the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years. Kaaiakamanu now oversees the Madison County Jail.

8:42 a.m. Vince Kaaiakamanu is the next witness. He was an investigator with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office until taking a job as the Chief Deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year.

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8:41 a.m. The jurors are in their seats and each of them have signed their declaration that they didn’t do any research on the case over the long weekend.

8:38 a.m. There are around 30-40 people in the courtroom today – one of the largest days we have seen. Boyce is on the bench. Prosecution ready to call its next witness. Jurors will be brought in.

8:36 a.m. The bailiff reminds everyone to silence their phone as someone’s phone rings. “If you unsure if your phone will go off, turn it off.” Bailiff says during the breaks, everyone needs to leave and take all their items with them.

8:33 a.m. We are back in the courtroom. Chad Daybell is wearing a blue collared dress shirt and is sitting with John Prior. “Courtroom daddy” is back after being away last week. He says the right side of the courtroom caused some noise last week for the jury so the left side of the courtroom will be filled in first.

8:29 a.m. Judge rules John Prior cannot reference the incidents involving Joseph Ryan and Alex Cox.

8:26 a.m. This hearing is being held with the jury present. We are told that once this portion is over, we will be allowed in the courtroom and the jurors will be brought in.

8:23 a.m. Cameras and audio seem much better today. This hearing seems to be about Alex Cox’s encounter with Joseph Ryan back in 2007.

8:20 a.m. We are waiting in line to get into the courtroom. The trial court administrator just told us Judge Boyce is conducting a last-minute hearing that will be livestreamed only. You can watch it here.