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Chad Daybell trial continues with graphic testimony when detectives found JJ’s body

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - A special agent for the FBI was back on the stand Monday morning in the murder trial for Chad Daybell.

The court room was full Monday, and at one point, members of the gallery had to be moved to insure they were not able to see the graphic photos that were being shown to the jury on their monitors. 

Special agent Steve Daniels, who is a member of the evidence response team, told the jury about how they found JJ’s body buried by a tree on Chad Daybell’s property.

It was covered with pieces of wood and large stones.

The public cameras were then shut down as the prosecution showed graphic photos of how JJ’s body was carefully exhumed.

His body was wrapped in several layers of plastic and duct tape and his wrists and ankles were bound.

"So once we made the cut with the razor blade to that black outer plastic, we found that there was a white plastic wrapped around whatever was inside the shape that we thought was the skull," Daniels said. 

"Agent what did you observe here?" prosecutor Rob Wood asked.

"So once I made the cut on the white plastic and again it was tight against this the head that was inside. We pulled it, I pulled it up, made the cut, trying to not disturb as much forensic evidence as possible. But as I made that cut, the human hair that you can see on the top of that photo started coming out as I made that cut. And that's the point where we knew these are the human remains and these remains become JJ Vallow remains. And that's the point where this ends up becoming JJ's Vallow's burial site," Daniels said.

JJ’s grandpa Larry Woodcock was in court Monday. He wiped away tears as Daniels talked about removing JJ’s body.

Kay Woodcock was not in the courtroom Monday because of the graphic testimony.

You can view a timeline of events and all our past stories on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow-Daybell HERE.

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