Date scheduled for arraignment hearing of Lori Vallow Daybell

Lori Vallow Daybell. File photo: Court Pool

FREMONT COUNTY, Idaho, Aug. 12, 2020 (East Idaho News/Gephardt Daily) — The district court arraignment for Lori Vallow Daybell has been set for Aug. 27, according to East Idaho News.

Once at the district level, Vallow Daybell will either plead guilty or not guilty. If Vallow Daybell pleads not guilty, a judge will set a jury trial date. The judge assigned to her case is District Judge Dane H. Watkins Jr.

Last Thursday, defense attorney Mark Means officially waived Vallow Daybell’s preliminary hearing. The move came just days after her husband, Chad Daybell, had his preliminary hearing in Fremont County on felony conspiracy and destruction of evidence charges. Following that hearing, Magistrate Judge Farin Eddins determined there was sufficient evidence to move the case to district court.

Since Vallow Daybell waived the hearing, her case moves to the higher court automatically.

Vallow Daybell is facing two felony counts of conspiracy to conceal, alter or destroy evidence in Fremont County. The charges came after the June 9 discovery of the remains of her two children, Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, buried on the property of her husband, Daybell.

In Madison County, Vallow Daybell is also charged with misdemeanor resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court. She pleaded not guilty to those charges, and a jury trial is set for Jan. 25 to 29 before Magistrate Judge Michelle Mallard.

Vallow Daybell’s husband is charged with two felony counts of conspiracy to conceal, alter or destroy evidence. Prosecutors also charged Chad Daybell with two felony counts of concealment, alteration or destruction of evidence. He will appear for an arraignment on Aug. 21 in Fremont County to enter a plea.


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