How Ada County is preparing for Lori Vallow Daybell’s murder trial

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BOISE, Idaho — 1,800 people were summoned to the Ada County Courthouse this past Monday and Tuesday to fulfill their duty as Idahoans.

They’re part of the massive jury pool for the trial of Lori Vallow Daybell, which is scheduled to start Monday, April 3, with jury selection.

Vallow is charged with murder, conspiracy and grand theft related to the deaths of her two kids, Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan, and her husband’s late wife, Tammy Daybell, in eastern Idaho. Her husband Chad Daybell is also charged in the murders and will be tried separately in Ada County at a date still to be determined. Prosecutors had intended to put them on trial together, but the court earlier in March granted a motion to sever the case — split the trial — in part because of the timing of discovery involving some DNA evidence. Also, Lori Vallow has chosen to assert her right to a speedy trial, while Chad Daybell has waived it.

Fremont County Judge Steven Boyce — who is still overseeing the case even though the venue has changed to the Ada County Courthouse — gave those 1,800 jurors instructions and had them fill out a 20-page questionnaire.

Ada County Administrative District Judge Steve Hippler said Judge Boyce, prosecutors and Vallow’s defense are going over those answers this week and will whittle down the number of jurors.

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