A judge in Madison County, Idaho, has significantly reduced Lori Vallow’s bond from $1 million to $150,000 during a pretrial hearing on Friday.
Vallow, the mother of Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow, has been in custody in Madison County since February, when she was charged with two felony counts of child desertion in addition to three misdemeanor counts.
On June 9, the bodies of 16-year-old Tylee and 7-year-old JJ were found buried in the backyard of Vallow’s husband Chad Daybell. Daybell was arrested the same day and remains in custody in Fremont County on two felony counts of destroying, altering, or concealing evidence. Both Daybell and Vallow have been charged with two felony county of conspiracy to destroy, alter, or conceal evidence.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, prosecutors in Madison County dismissed the felony desertion charges against Vallow earlier this month. She has since pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges in Madison County: resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court.
Neither Vallow or Daybell have been charged with murder.
As KTVB-7 reports, Judge Michelle Mallard reduced Vallow’s bond in Madison County from $1 million to $150,000.
According to the report, Mallard said during the videoconference pretrial hearing that she considered numerous factors in the decision to reduce bail, including a $1 million bond in Fremont County, which was not affected by the judge’s decision in Madison County.
Vallow’s attorney Mark Means argued that Vallow’s bail be reduced in Madison County after the felony charges there were dismissed.
“We think ultimately that the $1 million bond is not reflective of the current charges,” Means reportedly said at the hearing. “We’d ask that the court reduce [bond] to $100,000.
At this time, it does not appear that Vallow would be released from custody even if she were able to make bail in Madison County, given the Fremont County bond. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Vallow is believed to have had difficulty securing a bail bondsman who would be responsible for the bail amount if she were to flee.
According to KTVB-7, Vallow is expected to appear in court in late January 2021.
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