Chad Daybell Trial Liveblog Day 2: Detective to continue testimony

BOISE, Idaho (ABC4) — After a day of grisly testimony from an Idaho police detective, Chad Daybell's murder trial will continue Thursday before court adjourns for the week.

Seventh District Judge Steven Boyce said that after court adjourns at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, there would be no Friday session of the court. Prosecutors will continue to lay out their case against Daybell while defense lawyers will likely get their chance to cross-examine Rexburg Police Det. Ray Hermosillo after a day of direct examination Wednesday.

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Daybell, 55, is facing charges of first-degree murder, fraud, and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the deaths of Tammy Daybell, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan. Last year, their mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, received a life sentence without parole for the killings.

During the opening day of the trial, prosecutors said the couple justified the three killings with doomsday religious beliefs, part of an elaborate scheme to eliminate any obstacles to their relationship and to obtain money from survivor benefits and life insurance. Vallow Daybell referred to her two youngest kids as zombies, one friend testified during her trial.

Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the trial is expected to take more than two months. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty if Daybell is convicted.

Daybell's defense on Wednesday tried to paint Lori Vallow as a manipulator pulling the strings, adding that her brother, Alex Cox, was her "protector," willing to do anything in her defense. Daybell's defense said that before his client met Lori Vallow the only infractions on his record were traffic tickets.

The Associated Press has contributed to this story.

As we will throughout the trial, a liveblog of the day's events will be found below, and a live stream from the courtroom will be found at the top of this post:

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