Idaho ‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow wants case dismissed over ‘speedy trial’ concerns after 1,169 days in jail

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Lori Vallow asked Idaho Judge Steven Boyce in a Thursday motion to dismiss her case after she has spent 1,169 days in jail for her alleged role in the murders of her two children, as well as her husband’s ex-wife, Tammy Daybell.

Vallow’s defense team is arguing that the court has violated her right to a speedy trial. Her joint murder trial with husband Chad Daybell was initially set for 2021 but has been delayed due to her competency examinations and the coronavirus pandemic, among other factors.

“The first trial setting in this instant case was for October 11, 2022, since that was within six months of April 19, 2022. The government then asked for more time and the Court granted the request and set trial for January 9, 2023. This violated her right to a speedy trial,” the motion states.

Thursday’s motion to dismiss includes a timeline of events in Vallow’s case, including her initial arrest in Hawaii in February 2020, when she was held on $5 million bond; her indictment in May 2021; her arraignment in April 2022; her first trial setting on the indictment in October 2022; her second trial setting on the indictment in January 2023; and her third trial setting on the indictment, which is scheduled for April of this year, totaling 1,169 days in prison.

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  1. Endless wrangling and pre-trial motions have dragged the process out. Vallow’s mental fitness was also a factor regarding whether or not she was competent to stand trial.

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