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Defense rests in Vallow Daybell trial, asks judge for acquittal

Posted at 2:15 PM, May 09, 2023

BOISE, Idaho — Nearly four weeks into the murder trial of Lori Vallow Daybell, the prosecution rested its case Tuesday; but a bombshell moment came moments later when the defense team said it also rests and immediately asked the judge to consider a motion for judgment of acquittal.

After calling over 60 witnesses, the state rested its case just after 1:30 p.m., opening the door for the defense to begin its case. However, shortly afterwards, the defense team announced it also rests its case and asked Judge Steven Boyce to consider Idaho Rule 29, saying the state didn't prove its case.

Boyce said he would consider the motion and set closing arguments to begin Thursday.

Before the trial resumed Tuesday, Judge Steven Boyce issued a ruling that will allow the verdict to be broadcast live on the court's YouTube channel. No cameras have been allowed in the courtroom throughout the trial.

Vallow Daybell is on trial facing two counts of first degree murder for the deaths of her children, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan. She also faces three counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of the children and her husband's ex-wife, Tammy Daybell.