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‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow asks to move trial, claiming jury won’t be ‘fair’

The attorney representing Lori Vallow on charges connected to her children’s disappearance and death has asked a judge to relocate Vallow’s pending trial, arguing she will not have an impartial jury in Fremont County.

Vallow’s two children, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow were found dead in June, buried in her husband Chad Daybell’s backyard in Salem, Idaho. Both she and Daybell are now facing felony charges in Fremont County, which is where the children were found, though Vallow is being physically held in neighboring Madison County — where she briefly resided before her children disappeared — as Fremont County does not have a jail for women.

Neither Daybell or Vallow have been charged with murder. Earlier this month, Vallow pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence. Daybell had previously pleaded guilty to the same charges, in addition to two felony counts of destroying, altering, or concealing evidence.

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According to the East Idaho News, Vallow’s attorney Mark Means filed a motion Thursday, asking for a hearing on his request for trial relocation. In August, three people told the news outlet that a woman approached them, saying she had been hired by a law firm to conduct surveys of potential jurors. She reportedly asked these people if they felt Vallow and Daybell were guilty and if anything could change their minds.

Special Prosecutor Rob Wood had previously asked that Daybell and Vallow be tried together. According to East Idaho News, Daybell’s attorney objected to the motion, but Vallow’s attorney did not.

It is not yet known if a hearing date has been set to argue for Vallow’s trial to be relocated.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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