Lori Vallow-Daybell waives preliminary hearing in Fremont County

Posted at 7:23 AM, August 8, 2020 and last updated 9:56 PM, May 31, 2023

By Court TV Staff

An Idaho woman charged in the concealment of her children’s remains has waived her preliminary hearing. Lori Vallow-Daybell was scheduled to stand before the court in Fremont County on August 10th and 11th.

According to court documents, Vallow-Daybell signed the waiver on July 17th. However, the waiver wasn’t filed until two days after her husband, Chad Daybell, sat in court for his preliminary hearing. Judge Faren Eddins ruled the state had met its burden of proof and Daybell’s case will go to a jury trial.

Vallow-Daybell is charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence in Fremont County. Prosecutors claim she conspired with Chad Daybell to dispose of the remains of her children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow. Authorities had been searching for Tylee and JJ since November 2019. Their bodies were found on Daybell’s property in Rexburg back in June.

In nearby Madison County, Vallow-Daybell is charged with three misdemeanors: resisting or obstructing officers, solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court. She pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Since Vallow-Daybell waived her preliminary hearing, her case will move directly to the district court, where she will enter a plea.