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J.J. Vallow’s Grandparents Applaud Idaho ‘Doomsday Cult’ Mom Lori Vallow Daybell's Murder Convictions
"Our J.J. now ... maybe we can put him to rest as well as Tylee," Kay Woodcock said following Lori Vallow Daybell’s conviction.
"For one time in my life, I'm kind of lost for words," Larry Woodcock said at a news briefing on Friday, People reported.
"I want to thank 18 jurors; I cannot thank them enough," Larry added. "I want to personally thank and I want to personally hug every one of those jurors. What they went through and what they saw is mind boggling. I hope nobody ever has to go through this. I hope no one has to hear the details of what happened to J.J., Tylee and Tammy [Daybell]."
Vallow Daybell was found guilty on May 12 by a jury of the first-degree murders of her children, Tylee and 7-year-old J.J. The siblings first vanished in 2019. Their bodies were discovered on Vallow Daybell’s husband Chad Daybell’s property the following year.
Vallow Daybell was also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in her children’s deaths, as well as in the death of her current husband’s former wife, Tammy Daybell. She was also found guilty of grand theft by deception.
The jury spent less than two days deliberating prior to delivering the verdict.
While speaking, Larry wore a shirt reading, “World's Greatest Papa." Over the course of the trial, he and his wife had became fixtures at the Boise, Idaho, courthouse where Vallow Daybell was being tried. He had walked into the courtroom earlier in the week playing Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” which he said was “J.J.’s song.”
"The next trial is Chad [Daybell], and I look forward to being back in this courthouse if that happens," he added.
His wife, Kay Woodcock, addressed reporters on Friday, as well.
"We are elated with this, there was some doubt that we'd get all 'guiltys,' but we did it,” she said.
"Our J.J. now ... maybe we can put him to rest as well as Tylee," she added, while thanking authorities, journalists and everyone who followed the case closely.
Larry, who became emotional during the press conference, later addressed his late grandson directly.
"I forgot one of the most important things," Larry said as he became emotional. "J.J., I love you. Papa wishes you were here in other circumstances. Tylee, Papa loves you. Tammy, I never met you. You are a part of our life. Tammy I am sorry [for] what happened to you. Our heart hurts. Our heart hurts for these three."
Daybell, 54, will be tried separately. He’s charged with murder for the death of Tammy, as well as for the deaths deaths of J.J. and Tylee. He's also charged with conspiracy to commit murder in those three victims' deaths. He has pleaded not guilty.
"This isn't the end," Larry stated.