Idaho prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for Lori Vallow Daybell, according to court filings filed late Monday.
Lori Vallow Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell are currently in custody in Idaho. Both are facing charges in the deaths of Lori’s children, Tylee and JJ, who used to reside in Arizona. Chad and Lori are also facing additional charges connected to the deaths of their former spouses.
Chad and Lori Vallow Pleaded Not Guilty to All Charges Against Them in Idaho.
Lori was arraigned before an Idaho judge last month after a court order revealed her competency had been restored and her case can move forward. Chad was arraigned last year after the charges were filed in May 2021.
Both Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell pleaded not guilty to all charges against them in Idaho. Chad Daybell also faces the potential of the death penalty.
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Lori moved to Idaho with her two kids from Arizona in September 2019. The children disappeared before the month came to an end.
Following the kids’ disappearance, Chad’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, died in October 2019. Originally, it was believed she died in her sleep, but investigators later determined her death was suspicious. Authorities exhumed Tammy’s body and charged Chad and Lori with her death.
Just weeks after Tammy’s death, Chad and Lori wed in Hawaii.
Investigators claim Lori and Chad returned to Rexburg, Idaho until police first came around for a welfare check on her children near Thanksgiving 2019.
Lori and Chad then disappeared to Hawaii until Lori was initially arrested for failing to produce her kids in February 2020 and extradited back to Idaho in March 2020. Chad was arrested later in June after the children’s bodies were discovered on his property.
Prosecutors intend to have a joint trial for Chad and Lori. Chad waived his right to a speedy trial while Lori’s case was stayed while she underwent a mental health evaluation. During that time, Chad’s trial was slated for January 2023.
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Lori did not waive her right to a speedy trial and had to have court proceedings scheduled within six months. That means her case is on the docket for October 2022. Prosecutors have filed to delay her trial until January so that she and Chad can still be tried jointly. A judge will decide whether to approve or deny the delay.
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