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RECAP: Chad Daybell Jury Selection Day 4

Posted at 9:31 AM, Apr 04, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-04 21:16:45-04

BOISE, Idaho — Day 4 of jury selection for the trial of Chad Daybell finished with 52 jurors now passed for cause after 4 days of jury selection. The court only needed to identify a pool of 50 potential jurors. Now, the defense and prosecution will use their preemptory strikes to pare the pool down to 18, 12 jurors and 6 alternates.

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5:31 pm: The 8 jurors who advanced in this group are passed for cause and asked not to research the case before the courtroom adjourns.

5:27 pm: Judge Boyce takes the bench as the jury pool is brought in to be passed for cause.

5:20 pm: Judge Boyce calls for a sidebar before the group of passed jurors returns to the courtroom.

5:19 pm: Another juror is advanced after brief questioning related to the death penalty. This juror is the 52nd passed for the trial.

5:12 pm: Judge Boyce advances another juror, who is now the 51st potential juror in the pool, which only required 50 jurors.

5:05 pm: Another juror is excused after questioning revealed that they had followed the Lori Vallow case and viewed her sentencing.

4:58 pm: Judge Boyce excuses the juror given the depth of their media exposure to the case.

4:49 pm: The next juror enters the courtroom and is questioned about a comment on their questionnaire where they indicated that they believe Chad Daybell could be mentally ill.

4:43 pm: The individual voir dire process will continue through this group of jurors despite the 50 needed potential jurors being identified.

4:42: After brief questioning, the next juror advances as the 50th of 50 needed potential jurors.

4:36 pm: The next juror enters the courtroom. They begin by answering questions about media exposure and news they have seen relating to the trial.

4:35 pm: Another juror is advanced by Judge Boyce, now just 1 juror is needed for the potential juror pool.

4:28 pm: The next juror is advanced by Judge Boyce. The potential juror pool now totals 48 of the needed 50.

4:16 pm: Batey moves to have the juror excused following the questioning due to their media exposure. Prior agrees and Judge Boyce grants the dismissal.

4:10 pm: The next juror is questioned about a Netflix documentary related to the case. Batey asks the juror about specific details, such as where the bodies were found.

4:07 pm: Prior motions to have the juror excused, which Judge Boyce grants.

4:05 pm: The next juror enters the courtroom and is questioned by Judge Boyce regarding their position as a parent viewing the graphic images throughout the trial. The juror says they want to weigh in accurately but that it would be a struggle to do so in such an emotionally intense case.

4:00 pm: Another juror is questioned by Judge Boyce about their knowledge of the case before being advanced. Just 3 more potential jurors are needed.

3:57 pm: The 46th potential juror advances following clarification regarding their stance on the death penalty.

3:46 pm: Following a brief afternoon recess, Judge Boyce advances the first juror after their individual voir dire, now there are 45 potential jurors for the trial.

3:17 pm: The first of the jurors is dismissed by Judge Boyce before the judge initiates the afternoon break. The courtroom is expected to be live again shortly.

3:09 pm: With Prior finished questioning the group of jurors, the individual voir dire will now begin. Jurors will be brought in individually to be questioned and either dismissed or advanced into the juror pool.

2:54 pm: Lindsey Blake finishes questions to the group of potential jurors, moving for one juror to be struck but Judge Boyce does not grant the dismissal. The live stream loses audio for a few minutes, during this time Prior begins questioning the group.

2:26 pm: Two additional jurors are excused after discussing scheduling conflicts with Judge Boyce.

1:55 pm: A juror is excused from the group for bias and hardship after a private meeting with the judge and attorneys.

1:53 pm: There are 15 potential jurors in this newest group. Just 6 will need to be advanced by Judge Boyce to get the 50 needed potential jurors.

1:47 pm: Judge Boyce and the attorneys have returned to the courtroom. They are preparing to bring in the next group of jurors and begin the next group voir dire. Just 6 potential jurors still need to be identified.

11:48 am: Court is now in recess following the voir dire for the first group of potential jurors seen today. Another group of jurors is expected to return to the courtroom at 1:30 pm as the prosecution and defense work to identify the final 6 potential jurors.

11:45 am: The individual voir dire process for this group of jurors finishes with 7 jurors advancing. Now, Judge Boyce is giving the group further instructions. 44 of the 50 needed potential jurors have been selected.

11:43 am: Just 6 more jurors are needed for the trial after the next juror advances as #44.

11:27 am: This group of jurors progresses quickly, with the next juror approved as juror #43 following clarification about the death penalty.

11:22 am: Another juror is advanced by Judge Boyce after brief questioning by Wood. Now, just 8 potential jurors are needed for the trial.

11:15 am: After a few questions regarding the death penalty, another juror is advanced by Judge Boyce as juror #41.

11:12 am: The state and Prior have no questions for the next juror, they advance as juror #40 of the 50 needed.

11:05 am: Prior moves to dismiss the juror, but Boyce overrules this. The juror advances as #39 of the 50 needed potential jurors.

10:47 am: Prosecutor Rob Wood and Prior both question the next juror regarding their media consumption, revealing that they have read news stories related to the trial.

10:42 am: The next juror is dismissed after questioning by Prior reveals that they have consumed documentaries about the case.

10:28 am: The first of the jurors is passed after a brief questioning. Now, just 12 potential jurors are needed.

10:24 am: Prior finishes his questions and the individual voir dire begins.

10:23 am: Prior tells the jurors that they will see graphic photos during the trial that will "hurt their hearts," and asks if they will take their feelings about the images out on Daybell.

10:20 am: Prior uses the "everything that glitters is not gold" line which he has used during all of the group voir dire sessions so far.

10:14 am: Prior explains to the jury that they will be asked to make a major decision in this case and that the information presented by media can make this process more difficult, especially when because it doesn't always adhere to the facts.

10:05 am: With the brief recess now over, John Prior, Daybell's attorney, begins questioning the group of potential jurors, explaining the scope of the trial and their role in it.

9:52 am: After brief questioning by prosecuting attorney Lindsey Blake, the courtroom is sent into recess for 10 minutes.

9:37 am: 5 jurors are excused for scheduling conflicts and other hardships the 8-10 week long trial would cause.

9:10 am: Judge Boyce begins giving instructions to the jurors, asking them about financial hardships or time constraints they may have.

8:46 am: Judge Steven Boyce enters the courtroom along with the prosecution, defense, and Daybell.