Chad Daybell, husband of Lori Vallow, faces the death penalty


An Idaho jury sentenced Chad Daybell to death Saturday, two days after he was found guilty in the triple murder case involving his first wife and Lori Vallow’s children.

Vallow still faces murder charges in Arizona for the death of her ex-husband, Charles Vallow.

Daybell, who married Vallow two weeks after the death of his first wife Tammy Daybell in 2019, had been charged in 2021 after the bodies of Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, were found buried on his farm.

The couple became known as the ‘doomsday’ parents after it was revealed that the two were obsessed with an impending ominous day and described people as zombies, including Vallow’s own children.

Lori Vallow Daybell Convicted of murder in Idaho, still facing charges in Arizona

Daybell’s attorney, John Prior, continued the story he had made in the criminal case that Vallow had been the cause of Daybell’s death.

Prior told the jury that Daybell was a small-town boy whose life changed forever when the “Lori Vallow bomb” was dropped on Daybell’s life.

“You judge what he can do in the future by what you’ve seen him do with his family and his friends in the small community of Springville, Utah,” he said.

Tammy’s father, Ron Douglas, spoke briefly to the jury, telling them, “It kills me to know that Tammy was treated the way she was treated.”

Family members of Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan also took the stand to express their loss.

“No words can truly describe and fully demonstrate the depth of pain that Joshua Vallow’s death has brought to our hearts and lives,” said Kay Woodcock, Joshua Vallow’s grandmother.

Colby Ryan, Lori Vallow’s only surviving son, told the jury he lost everything he ever knew when these deaths fell like an “atomic bomb.”

“I stand here today, motherless, fatherless, sisterless and brotherless,” he said.

The jury deliberated Friday evening and Saturday morning before deciding that Daybell should be put to death.

Vallow has an expected trial date set for August 1.