Judge denies Chad Daybell’s request to sever case from Lori Vallow Daybell

Posted at 9:25 AM, November 18, 2022 and last updated 10:11 PM, July 6, 2023

FREMONT COUNTY, Idaho (Court TV) — An Idaho judge has denied Chad Daybell’s request to sever his case from his wife’s.

The ruling comes two days after District Judge Steven Boyce ruled Lori Vallow Daybell competent to stand trial again.


A new trial date has not been set for the couple, who are facing charges for the deaths of Lori’s two children – 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan – and Chad’s previous wife, Tammy Daybell.


They will be tried in Ada County, and have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

In his ruling denying Chad’s request to sever the cases, Judge Steven Boyce wrote,

Chad Daybell, Lori Daybell combo

(L) Chad Daybell appears for a preliminary hearing in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Monday, August 3, 2020. (R) Lori Vallow Daybell appears in court Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Fremont County, Idaho. (Court TV)

“In summary, the Court, fully apprised of the complexities and charges involved in this case,
nevertheless is persuaded that the joinder of trials remains appropriate. The charges
in the indictment include charges for conspiracy, which necessarily involves the agreement and participation of conspirators. The conspiracy charges result in a distinction that matters.

The court determines here that a joint trial of these cases will promote the administration of fairness for each if tried together, where it is clear that there will be substantial overlap in witnesses and in evidence presented relating to both defendants, in particular as it relates to the conspiracy charges.”

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against the couple.