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Prosecutors seek death penalty against ‘doomsday cultist’ charged with killing his wife’s two children

Prosecutors seek death penalty against ‘doomsday cultist’ charged with killing his wife’s two children
Chad Daybell is accused of committing three murders that are ‘especially heinous’ and cruel, prosecutors say

Prosecutors in Idaho plan to seek the death penalty against a “doomsday cultist” who is accused of murdering his wife’s two children and his previous wife.

Tchad cloche du jour, 52, has been charged with conspiring with his second wife Lori Vallow to murder two of her children, seven-year-old Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, and Tylee Ryan, 17, and his first wife, Tammy Daybell.

Mr Daybell has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Documents released on Thursday by the Fremont County Prosecutor’s Office revealed it will seek the death penalty should he be convicted of any of the deaths.

It said that the murders were “especially heinous” and cruel, and that Mr Daybell “has exhibited a propensity to commit murder, which will probably constitute a continuing threat to society”.

In separate charges in Arizona, Lori Daybell est accusée de complot en vue de commettre un meurtre en lien avec la mort de son ancien mari.

Charles Vallow a été abattu par le frère de Lori Daybell, Alex Cox, who claimed it was self-defene. Cox est décédé plus tard de ce que la police a dit être des causes naturelles.

Lori Daybell n'a pas encore plaidé dans les affaires de l'Idaho ou de l'Arizona, et a reçu l'ordre de suivre un traitement dans un établissement de santé mentale de l'Idaho dans l'espoir de la rendre apte à subir son procès.

Dans les actes d'accusation de l'Idaho, les procureurs ont déclaré que les Daybells ont promu leurs croyances religieuses apocalyptiques afin de justifier les meurtres.

Un ami de Lori Daybell a déclaré aux enquêteurs que le couple pensait que les gens pouvaient être contrôlés par des esprits sombres qui les transformaient en "zombies" et que le seul moyen de libérer l'âme de cette personne était de les tuer..

Chad Daybell also ran a publishing company and wrote books that were focused on the biblical “end times” and loosely based on the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The shocking timeline of events began in September 2019, when Ms Vallow’s children Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow and Tylee Ryan were last seen alive.

In October 2019, Daybell’s first wife Tammy died aged 49 at their Idaho home.

Her death was not treated as suspicious at the time and an obituary said she died peacefully in her sleep.

Three weeks after Tammy Daybell’s death, Chad Daybell and Vallow married.

En novembre, relatives raised concerns about their welfare, prompting police to search the Callow property and appeal to the public for information about their whereabouts.

The next month Rexburgh police exhumed Tammy Daybell’s body and reclassified her death as suspicious. They issued a press release linking the disappearance of the two children and Tammy’s death.

Their burnt remains were discovered buried in Chad Daybell’s home in Salem, Idaho, en juin 2020 after an extensive police investigation.

En mai 2021, Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell were charged with first degree murder in the deaths of the children. Chad is also charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife Tammy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report