Chad Daybell found guilty of all charges

Seventeen jurors who sat through the months-long trial of Chad Daybell were whittled down to twelve by a random lottery and reached a verdict after seven hours of deliberation.

The jury found Chad Daybell guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the deaths of Tammy Daybell, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan.

The second part of the trial, the sentencing phase, begins after an hour’s intermission. The jury will now hear why the state believes Chad Daybell should be put to death, and why the defense believes he should not. After the presentation, the jury will decide his fate.

The state pointed to several messages between Chad and Lori, which emphasized that Chad decided what level of “dark” JJ and Tammy were and how “distant” they were. Other messages show Chad and Lori talking about an impending future in which they would soon be together, unhindered by familial or earthly obstacles.

The defense’s main argument was that the estimated six terabytes of evidence did not show any overt agreement between Chad and any of the co-conspirators to kill anyone.

John Prior, Chad Daybell’s attorney, argued that many of the messages the prosecutor referred to as a plan to kill Tammy Daybell, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan were misinterpreted or taken out of context.

Prior also questioned the relevance of Daybell’s belief that he needed to gather the 144,000 followers before the end times and speak to God to determine who was possessed by dark spirits and others.

If Chad is found guilty, a second part of the trial will begin to determine whether the death penalty should be imposed.

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