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Idaho court denies Chad Daybell’s motion to strike death penalty

Dec 20, 2023, 5:54 PM | Updated: Dec 21, 2023, 2:53 pm

Chad Daybell appears during a court hearing in St. Anthony, Idaho, Aug. 4, 2020. On the first day o...

FILE - Chad Daybell appears during a court hearing in St. Anthony, Idaho, Aug. 4, 2020. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via Associated Press)

(John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via Associated Press)

An Idaho court has denied Chad Guy Daybell‘s motions to strike the death penalty in his murder trial scheduled for 2024.

The Fremont County Court denied both parts of the two-pronged legal effort to take away the possibility of being put to death if he is found guilty of multiple murders. He faces murder charges for his late wife Tammy Daybell and charges for the deaths of the children of his current wife Lori Vallow Daybell, convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

READ MORE: Click here for complete coverage of the Lori Vallow Daybell trial

The remains of those children — Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow — were found on Chad Daybell’s property on June 9, 2020. He was arrested that day and was initially charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of the children with first-degree murder charges coming later, after he was in custody.

The judge denied the motion to strike the death penalty based on relative culpability and the claim that Daybell is being disproportionally punished for waiving his right to a speedy trial.

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Idaho court denies Chad Daybell’s motion to strike death penalty