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Lori Vallow-Daybell’s DNA found on evidence

ADA COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) – Starting week four in the Lori Vallow-Daybell trial, the prosecution called FBI Senior DNA Analyst Keely Coleman to the stand.

Coleman testified she had received a sample of hair, "found on duct tape in presence of decompositional fluid” alluding to what was found on JJ Vallow's body. It was revealed the hair matched the partial DNA profile of Lori.

The chances of the DNA found on the hair strand belonging to someone else, Coleman says is "one and 71 billion."

Former FBI Case Agent, Rick Wright, reviewed location history of Alex Cox's cell phone.

Evidence puts Alex on or near Chad Daybell's property the mornings of Sept. 9 and 22, 2019, the days JJ and Tylee Ryan reportedly died. On Sept. 9, 2019, Alex's phone showed he was near the fire pit and pet cemetery, where Tylee's remains were found. On Sept. 22, 2019, his phone indicated he was near the pond or pit in the back of the property, where JJ's remains were found.

Before then, Alex's device was spotted bouncing back and forth from his Rexburg apartment to Lori's.

Sept. 23 and 25 of 2019, Alex's phone appeared to be at Dan's Window Tinting. It was later found that a Jeep Wrangler with tinted windows was involved in the attempted shooting of Brandon Boudreaux, Lori's niece, Melani Pawlowski's former husband.

Receipts found in the Jeep indicate Alex was in Arizona on October 1, a day before Brandon's attempted murder.

Alex's phone was spotted at shooting ranges numerous times before the attempted shooting or both Brandon and Tammy Daybell, Chad's former wife.

Oct. 9, 2019, the day Tammy was shot at, Alex's phone was detected at Sportsman's Warehouse in Idaho Falls. Wright looked into many receipts, only one relating to Alex Cox.

That day, he allegedly purchased black pants, which were later found in Alex's apartment, large gloves and a ski mask.

His phone location showed he was on Chad's property the night of Tammy's attempted shooting.

The rest of the day was spent reviewing Tammy's exhumation and autopsy. Her cause of death is asphyxiation, the manor of death was ruled a homicide. Forensic Pathologist Dr. Erik Christensen was stressing the fact that she did not die naturally.

He says she had bruises on her arms and chest, "consistent with someone being restrained and would be consistent with asphyxia being the cause of death as well."

Because of the suspicious nature of her death, Dr. Christensen says, "We did a lot more testing than we usually do."

Only some photos were revealed to the audience showing the bruising found on Tammy's body. More graphic photos were saved for the jury and court's eyes only.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update throughout the day.

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

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