Daybell cases have cost Idaho taxpayers over $3.6M so far

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ST. ANTHONY, Idaho — The criminal cases against Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell have cost Idaho taxpayers over $3.6 million thus far, according to a public records request filed by

The couple is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan – two of her children – along with his previous wife, Tammy Daybell. They have pleaded not guilty.

The Rexburg Police Department began investigating in November 2019 when Larry and Kay Woodcock, JJ’s grandparents, requested a welfare check for their grandson. Since then, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been involved in the cases. asked Madison County, the city of Rexburg and Fremont County to provide an estimated cost of the cases between late 2019 and Dec. 2022.

The total amount spent between the three jurisdictions over the three years is approximately $3,632,221. This includes personnel, investigation costs and other expenses with law enforcement, the prosecution and public defenders.

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