BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A woman charged with conspiracy and murder in connection with the death of her two children and her new husband’s deceased wife will no longer be charged. face the death penaltythe judge ruled on Tuesday.
Lori Vallow Daybell is scheduled to go on trial starting April 3rd.
Both she and her new husband, Chad Daybell, have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, conspiracy, and grand theft. Death of Barrow Daybell’s Children — Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, who was last seen just days before his 17th birthday. They are also being charged in connection with the October 2019 death of Chad Daybell’s late wife, Tammy Daybell.
Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for both defendants, but Vallow Daybell’s attorneys have not had time to fully consider the mass of evidence presented in recent weeks, so the death penalty should be considered in her case. said.
At a hearing Tuesday morning, District 7 Judge Stephen Boyce agreed. He said that because Vallow Daybell had not waived his right to a speedy trial, the proceedings could not be rescheduled to give his defense team sufficient time to consider the evidence.
However, the death penalty still applies in the case of Chad Daybell.
Prosecutors say the couple used Religious Beliefs Focused on End Times To proceed with a plan to kill the children and Tammy Dabell, and which was part of a plan to steal social security funds and insurance money.
Law enforcement officers in Idaho launched an investigation into the couple in November 2019 after the extended family reported their children missing. Meanwhile, police say the couple lied about the children’s whereabouts. Their bodies were later found buried on Chad Daybell’s property in rural Idaho.
The couple married just two weeks after Chad Daybell’s ex-wife Tammy Daybell died suddenly. Her body was dug up after becoming suspicious when Davell soon remarried.
Vallow Daybell has been charged with attempted murder in Arizona in connection with the July 2019 death of her ex-husband Charles Vallow. He was shot dead by Alex Cox, brother of Valor Dabell.
Arizona proceedings are pending while the Idaho case is ongoing.