Lori Vallow Daybell’s attorneys entered a not guilty plea on her behalf during her arraignment Tuesday afternoon. | Tony Blakeslee, EastIdahoNews.com
ST. ANTHONY — Lori Vallow Daybell was silent during an arraignment Tuesday, and her attorney asked the judge to enter a not guilty plea on her behalf to murder and other charges.
Seated next to her attorneys, Jim Archibald and John Thomas, Daybell was dressed in a blue shirt, gray dress slacks and blue-framed glasses. She showed no emotion as District Judge Steven Boyce read out the felonies she faces in relation to the deaths of her children and current husband’s first wife. Those charges include:
First-degree murder in the death of Tylee Ryan
First-degree murder in the death of JJ Vallow
First-degree murder in the death of her current husband Chad Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell
Conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft by deception in the death of Tylee Ryan
Conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft by deception in the death of JJ Vallow
Conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of Tammy Daybell
Grand theft related to Social Security survivor benefits over $1,000 allocated for the care of minors Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow that were appropriated after the children were missing and ultimately found deceased.
Archibald indicated Daybell is not waiving her right to a speedy trial, which means a trial date was set for Oct. 19 – the same day Tammy Daybell died in 2019.
This is Daybell’s first public court hearing since she was declared incompetent for trial in June 2021. After spending 10 months in an Idaho Department of Health and Welfare facility, Boyce deemed her fit for trial last week and she was transferred to the Madison County Jail, where Fremont County female inmates are housed, early Thursday morning.
JJ Vallow’s grandparents, Larry and Kay Woodcock, along with Annie Cushing, Tylee Ryan’s aunt, were at the arraignment. As the judge discussed JJ and his death, the Woodcocks broke down crying.
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The arraignment happened about an hour after a separate hearing for Chad wrapped up. The focus of that hearing was the cost of busing jurors from Ada County to Fremont County for what was originally a joint trial. Prosecutors argued it will be significantly cheaper to have jurors brought in rather than holding proceedings in Boise. Chad’s attorney asked the court to uphold its original decision.
Boyce will issue a written ruling on the matter at a later date. His trial is set for January 2023.
Chad also faces multiple counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and insurance fraud. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains in the Fremont County Jail.
EastIdahoNews.com will post video of the hearing shortly.
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