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Murder Suspect and ‘cult mom’ Lori Vallow Daybell pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in a Idaho courtroom at murder and conspiracy chargesamong other things, in connection with the death of several people, including Lori’s two children.
Daybell and her new husband, Chad Daybell, appeared in court on Tuesday after being charged in late May 2021. Chad pleaded not guilty to all charges in June 2021.
Lori’s next legal proceeding will likely be in October.
The pair are at the center of a tangled case that involves multiple suspicious deaths as well as a bizarre doomsday religious belief that prosecutors claim the pair engineered to justify the murders of 16-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow. old Tylee Ryan and Chad’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, 49.
“I know justice will be served,” Larry Woodcock, JJ Vallow’s grandfather, told the media outside the courtroom.
Lori is also charged in Arizona with conspiring to kill her ex-husband, Charles Vallow, with the help of her late brother, Alex Cox.
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The majority of Chad’s hearing consisted of arguments, which included testimony, at the venue. The defense wants the trial to continue in Ada County, home to Boise, due to media attention on the case.
The state argued that a sequestered jury from Ada County would be flown to Freemont County to cut costs, FOX 13 Salt Lake City first reported.
Chad’s attorney, John Prior, repeatedly objected to state testimony and said prosecutors were “cleansed”. He also suggested it would be cheaper not to sequester the jury in Ada County.
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In her closing statements, prosecutor Rachel Smith said the case should continue in Freemont, where JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan “passed away”, according to FOX 13.
“That’s where the deal should be,” she said.
After spending about nine months in a Idaho psychiatric hospital, Fremont District Judge Steven Boyce said in an order on Monday that Lori was ‘again competent and fit to continue’ her murder trial, which was temporarily halted when she was committed to a facility mental health in June.
Vallow and Daybell have each been charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder and robbery by deception, first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder related to the death of JJ and Tylee, civil servants announced at the time.
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The children disappeared for several months – when police say the couple lied about the whereabouts of the children and then escaped to Hawaii – before their bodies were found buried on the property of Chad Daybell in Idaho rural.
Investigators say Chad and Lori Daybell began embracing an unusual, apocalypse-focused religious belief system involving “zombies”, teleportation and communication with other spiritual realms beginning in 2018, as they were still married to other people. Idaho prosecutors say they used their religious beliefs to justify or encourage the killings.
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Lori is said to have believed she was “a god assigned to do the work of the 144,000 at the second coming of Christ in July 2020”, according to divorce papers Charles Vallow filed before his death. Chad Daybell wrote several apocalyptic novels loosely based on Mormon theology. Both were involved in a group that promotes preparation for the biblical end times.
Daybell’s arraignment proceedings will take place on April 19.
Stephanie Pagones of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.