Chad Daybell is behind bars today, awaiting an update on his murder case, along with his wife, Lori Vallow. According to East Idaho News, the two will appear in court together in July 2023.
The high-profile case gained renewed interest with a Netflix documentary, “Sins of Our Mother.” It was released on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
Both Daybell and Vallow face the death penalty for the triple murder of Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, and Vallow’s two children, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow. The remains of both children were found on the property where Daybell and Vallow lived together in Rexburg, Idaho, on June 9, 2020, according to the New York Post
Here’s what you need to know:
A judge ordered that Daybell and Vallow be tried together, a move that Daybell’s attorney John Prior opposed, according to East Idaho News. Daybell’s attorney filed a motion in September 2020 requesting that the two be tried separately. A hearing on the motion was filed in March 2022, the news channel reported.
“John Prior’s petition for divorce was held via Zoom before District Judge Steven Boyce. Chad Daybell appeared next to Prior from the Fremont County Jail, dressed in a white shirt and dark tie. Daybell said nothing during the hearing,” East Idaho News reported.
Prosecutors argued it would be more efficient to keep the trial together and save money, the news channel reported. But Prior argued that his client would not receive a fair and impartial trial if they were tried together, the news channel reported.
“We have a trial set for January and it is fast approaching. There is a significant amount of preparation that needs to be done and there will be a significant difference in how I prepare in the event that the case is merged or separated,” Prior said during the hearing on his motion, according to East Idaho News.
The judge ruled in the prosecution’s favor and filed a 12-page ruling stating that Vallow and Daybell would appear in court together. You can read the full statement here. The trial is expected to last 10 weeks and will start in January 2023.
According to East Idaho News, the first reports of Tammy Daybell’s death were that she had died in her sleep.
The news station spoke to some who attended her funeral and said they had noticed strange things. The service seemed rushed, they said, especially since her death was unexpected. She was “well, worked as a librarian at Central Elementary School in Sugar City, and was actively involved in the church.” There was no coffin at her service, the source said. Daybell married Lori Vallow just five weeks later, the news channel reported.
Nine days after Tammy Daybell died, Chad Daybell wrote an essay titled “Moving into the second half of my life.” Read the essay here.
His essay began:
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