LIVE UPDATES FROM THE LORI VALLOW DAYBELL TRIAL
2:45 p.m. Smith says one of the witnesses in the case is Doug Hart, a former coordinator for the FBI in Idaho. Hart is now the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy. She asks potential juror, who is in law enforcement, if he knows Hart. Man says he does not.
2:39 p.m. Prosecutor Rachel Smith now questioning potential jurors.
2:36 p.m. Wood says there will be some evidence in this case he calls “emotionally charged.” Then describes that it is “graphic” evidence. He asks a juror how she feels about that – if she will be ok seeing evidence like that. “It will be hard but I think my training as a nurse will help with that like what I see day to day at work,” the woman responds.
2:35 p.m. A new sketch of Lori Vallow Daybell with her attorneys John Thomas and Jim Archibald:
2:28 p.m. Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood now questioning potential jurors and asking them to be “brutally honest” in this criminal case with a defendant who has been charged with serious crimes. “She has an absolute right to a fair and impartial jury and a fair trial. The people of the state of Idaho also have a right to a fair trial.”
2:23 p.m. Following a private sidebar, Boyce says one juror brought up an issue concerning hardship and the man has been excused from the panel.
2:20 p.m. Rob Wood and Rachel Smith will be conducting voir dire on behalf of the state. Wood asks for a sidebar conversation with judge and defense attorneys.
2:15 p.m. Boyce asking potential jurors if they are related to any of the attorneys with the defense or prosecution.
2 p.m. Boyce continues to give instructions before prosecutors and defense attorneys will begin their questioning.
1:59 p.m. We have just received audio from two of the trial from the Ada County Courthouse. It’s about 6 1/2 hours long. You can listen to part one here:
1:54 p.m. Boyce reading potential jurors instructions – don’t talk about the case with others, post about it on social media, read about the case, don’t conduct any personal investigations, etc.
1:48 p.m. Three in this group of potential jurors did not show up today. There are 24 remaining.
1:34 p.m. Opening statements in the trial begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. It’s likely the 42 potential jurors will be reached (and maybe a few more in case of illness, other situations) and the striking will then happen Friday.
1:27 p.m. Jury selection continues in the Lori Vallow Daybell case. We need three more jurors to get to 42 today. We’re told there will be one larger group to pull from this afternoon. Once they are selected, peremptory challenges/striking of jurors can begin. There are around 30-40 people in the courthouse overflow room today.
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