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Lori Vallow Daybell pleads not guilty, jury trial set for April 2021

Lori Vallow Daybell arraignment sept 10
Lori Vallow Daybell and Attorney Mark Means at arraignment September 10
Lori Vallow Daybell and Attorney Mark Means

FREMONT COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Lori Vallow Daybell entered a plea of not guilty to both charges during an arraignment before Judge Dane H. Watkins Jr. in Fremont County District Court Thursday.

You can watch the arraignment below.

Her jury trial has been set for April 2, 2021, at 10 a.m. with a pre-trial conference on March 22, 2021, at 10 a.m.

She is currently being held on $1 million bond on two felony counts of conspiracy to alter or destroy evidence in connection with the deaths of her two children.

Chad Daybell, 52, late last year married Lori. He is charged with concealing evidence by destroying or hiding the bodies of 7-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan at his eastern Idaho home. Investigators found their remains during a search in June, months after the kids were last seen in September.

Daybell is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference on December 8, with a trial set for January 11.

Prosecuting attorney, Rob Wood recently entered a 'motion to joinder' aimed at consolidating the prosecution of Lori Vallow Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell.

Chad's attorney, John Prior objected that motion Wednesday, stating the motion would prevent Daybell from a fair trial in eastern Idaho.

"Joining the cases, combines the coverage of both Defendant's local media as well as national media and only adds to the level of attention and knowledge perspective jurors would have in the case," Prior said.

You can view a timeline of events and all our past stories on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Daybell HERE.

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    1. NOTE TO LAWYERS: Put me on a jury where the defendant faces child abuse or murder charges? I will automatically vote GUILTY and recommend the maximum sentence available, especially if the death sentence is on the table. Scumbags.

      1. And that, of course, is why you (NOR I, for that matter) would ever be allowed to SIT on a death-penalty jury. In the twisted moral order which permeates the ‘legal profession’, in the most repugnant of cases (this one IS horrid, but far from the TOP!) a shyster which manages to ‘save’ the lives of these types of monsters can claim a ‘victory’ in that they weren’t dealt with as rational people know they SHOULD be, and removed from the earth with haste.
        I would suppose that–occassionally–the adversarial process still DOES obtain true justice. I also believe that such anomalies are the exceptions that prove the rule. For the most part, modern ‘lawyers’ are simply generating statistics for their own win/loss record. 🙁

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