Lori Vallow Daybell files for a new trial citing ‘confusing’ jury instructions

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FREMONT COUNTY, Idaho — The woman found guilty of murdering her two children and conspiring to murder her husband’s former wife has asked for a new trial, citing “confusing” jury instructions.

Lori Vallow Daybell, or Lori Vallow, was found guilty on all six charges against her on May 12, which include killing her children JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan and conspiring to kill Tammy Daybell.

On May 25, her defense attorneys Jim Archibald and John Thomas filed a motion in Fremont County court asking for a new trial.

In the motion, Archibald and Thomas cite an interview that East Idaho News conducted with a juror in the case days after the verdict.

They say this interview makes it clear that jurors were confused about demonstrative evidence versus character evidence in the shooting of Charles Vallow, Lori Vallow’s ex-husband, in Arizona on July 11, 2019. Lori Vallow has been indicted for conspiracy to commit murder in his death.

The Arizona evidence was only admitted to the jury in order to show prior behavior and could not be used to make a decision on the Idaho charges.

The juror tells reporter Nate Eaton in the interview, “We didn’t consider this during our deliberations, because it was clear to us, the instructions were clear, Arizona evidence and testimony is only for demonstrative purposes.”

Demonstrative evidence consists of summaries of evidence provided by law enforcement, which the defense says — the evidence shown on behalf of Charles Vallow’s death was not.

The defense previously objected to evidence from Arizona being admitted in the trial, but it was denied by Fremont County District Judge Steven Boyce.

“To confuse demonstrative evidence and character evidence is easy to do; hence, the defense objections should have been sustained,” the motion states.

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