Judge hears several motions as trial for Chad and Lori Daybell approaches

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ST. ANTHONY — Lori Vallow Daybell walked into a Fremont County courtroom Thursday with a smile on her face and shackles on her ankles.

Her husband, Chad Daybell, briefly grinned at her when he entered, also wearing ankle shackles.

It was the first time the couple had worn those restraints in court.

They will stand trial together in seven weeks on 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 Lori’s children – and Chad’s previous wife, Tammy Daybell.

District Judge Steven Boyce heard several motions from defense attorneys and prosecutors regarding evidence, the jury, scheduling deadlines and whether Lori Daybell’s case should be dismissed due to lack of a speedy trial.

Jim Archibald, Lori Daybell’s defense attorney, argued that his client’s constitutional rights are being violated as she will have been in jail 1,169 days by the time the trial begins April 3. Idaho law requires a trial be held within six months from the date a defendant is arraigned if that person does not waive their right to a speedy trial, which she has not done.

“The state acknowledges they are 44 days over (by the time the trial), but any amount of time over is a violation of speedy trial,” Archibald said. ( Lori Daybell’s case was paused when she was declared incompetent for trial.) “The defense knows it’s outside the time of speedy trial, the state knows it’s outside the time of speedy trial, so what’s the remedy? The Idaho Legislature says the remedy from the indictment is for it to be dismissed.”

Fremont County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tawnya Rawlings argued that Boyce determined “good cause” in previous hearings to delay the trial, such as scheduling conflicts with the Ada County Courthouse and questions surrounding Lori’s competency.

Content retrieved from: https://www.eastidahonews.com/2023/02/judge-hears-several-motions-as-trial-for-chad-and-lori-daybell-approaches/.

1 comment

  1. This criminal case seems to go on endlessly, but eventually Daybell and Vallow will have to face the facts, regardless of whatever fantasies they continue to believe in.

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