Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty to all counts against him in the deaths of his former wife Tammy Daybell and two children of his current wife, Lori Vallow.
Daybell pleaded not guilty to with three counts of first-degree murder and several other conspiracy and theft charges in connection to the deaths of Tammy Daybell and Lori’s two children: 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old JJ Vallow. The children’s remains were found buried on Daybell’s property in Rexburg, Idaho, exactly a year ago. Tammy Daybell, who was 48 and did not have any known health conditions, died suddenly at her home in October 2019, two weeks before Chad Daybell married Vallow.
Daybell entered the plea in court on Wednesday, the same day it was first reported that Vallow had been committed to a state mental health facility – after a psychological evaluation found her incompetent to stand trial at this time.
According to an East Idaho News reporter who was in the courtroom, the defendant’s son Garth Daybell was in the courtroom, as was Vallow’s son and JJ Vallow’s grandmother Kay Woodcock, who made the welfare check request in November 2019, which led authorities to learn that JJ and his sister had been missing for some time. Both children were last seen alive in September 2019.
Daybell is due back in court for a trial scheduling hearing later this month.
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