On Tuesday, Idaho prosecutors asked the judge to combine Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell’s cases so the pair can stand trial together.
According to the Daily Mail, Madison County Special Prosecutor Rob Wood filed a motion requesting a joint trial for Vallow, 47, and Daybell, 52, as they are both charged with conspiring to hide evidence related to the disappearance and deaths of Vallow’s children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16. The children vanished last September, and investigators found their remains on Daybell’s property in June, the same day Daybell was later taken into custody.
Neither Vallow or Daybell have been charged with murder. Officials have not revealed how they died.
Before her children vanished in September 2019, Vallow— who is believed to have been involved in a so-called doomsday cult — allegedly told a friend that her children had become zombies and the only way to exorcise their bodies of the evil spirits was to kill them, according to the New York Post.
Authorities in Arizona are reportedly investigating Lori Vallow’s possible role in last year’s shooting death of her ex-husband. As previously reported, officials in Idaho are also reviewing the suspicious death of Daybell’s wife — who died just weeks before Daybell married Vallow-Daybell last November.
Vallow and Daybell’s trials are scheduled for January 2021.
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[Featured image: Lori Vallow-Daybell/ Hawaii Department of Public Safety; Chad Daybell/Fremont County Sheriff’s Office]