Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell will not be allowed to meet face-to-face before trial, says court
MADISON COUNTY, IDAHO: A series of requests were presented by a couple accused in a triple-murder case before an Idaho judge on Thursday, January 19, motion hearing. Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell, who wanted to meet face-to-face to talk about strategy before the trial, also requested further delay in their trial. The motion request also included taking off the death penalty when it was presented to 7th District Judge Steven Boyce. However, the Judge immediately rejected some of the motions, including the alleged killers meeting, and postponing the trial, whereas he told the court that a written ruling will be released later on other requests.
The pair are scheduled to face their trial in April and are desperately trying everything they can to delay the process. The bizarre criminal case started back in 2019 when Lori Vallow Daybell’s two youngest children were reported missing. The authorities' search team looked for them in four states and after months of tracing, the children’s bodies were discovered in Chad Daybell’s eastern Idaho yard. Prosecutors claim that the couple intended to benefit by stealing social security funds, and insurance money, while they used doomsday-focused religious beliefs to plan to kill her two children, and his previous wife.
The pair is held on counts of murder, conspiracy, and grand theft charges in relation to the deaths of 7-year-old Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, and Tylee Ryan. They are also facing charges in connection with Chad Daybell’s late wife, Tammy Daybell, death in October 2019. Both of the accused Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell have pleaded not guilty and their trial will begin on April 3, according to CBS News. "This case involves the death of two children and the death of a mother of multiple children," said Madison County’s prosecuting attorney, Rachel Smith, as she requested the judge to sequester the jury during the trial. "If there are no safeguards provided to jurors, given the attention of some of the citizen journalists on this case, we have real concerns about the integrity of this case."
The request was objected to by the attorneys’ of both accused, as they suggested the isolation of the jurors will only further narrow down the number of people willing to serve as jurors and emphasized that local law enforcement is capable of providing them with the necessary security. Boyce during the motion request as he denied the sequester request said, "I believe adequate steps can be put into place to not require sequestration during the course of the trial, and the court will take those steps very seriously."
Chad and Lori Daybell got married only two weeks after his previous wife, Tammy Daybell died suddenly.