CRIME

Jury trial dates set for Lori Vallow in death, disappearance of Idaho children

Jul 17, 2020, 11:01 AM

REXBURG, Idaho — Lori Vallow, the mother facing charges in the disappearance and death of her two children, will stand trial in early 2021, a judge ruled on Friday. 

Vallow appeared wearing a mask, next to her attorney, in a mostly-empty courtroom for a pre-trial hearing on the charges against her. Judge Michelle Mallard and prosecutor Rob Wood appeared via video conference. 

The charges

Vallow faces two counts of resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court, all misdemeanor charges. Two counts of desertion and nonsupport of children were dropped earlier this month. She also faces a pair of felony charges on conspiracy to destroy, alter or conceal evidence. 

Vallow’s children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan, disappeared last fall. Investigators serving a search warrant at the property of her husband, Chad Daybell, in June, discovered human remains later confirmed to belong to the two children. 

Mark Means, Vallow’s attorney, filed a motion earlier this week to indicate Vallow plans to plead not guilty to the charges against her. He requested a jury trial. 

Jury trial dates set for Vallow

At the pre-trial hearing on Friday, attorneys on both sides asked for six months to prepare for a jury trial for Vallow. Judge Mallard set the trial dates for January 25 – 29, 2021. 

Means also requested a bond reduction for his client, describing her as a model inmate. Prosecutor Rob Wood argued strongly against that, citing phone calls Vallow made from jail. 

“She was lying about the location of her dead child,” said Wood, “all while telling family and friends they were fine.” 

The judge lowered the bond to $50,000 on each charge, noting the nature of the charges and the time Vallow spent in jail while awaiting a jury trial. 

Related coverage: 

 

Today’s Top Stories

Crime

Provo Police need help to identify and locate a suspect in a 2020 cold case shooting that happened ...
Devin Oldroyd

Provo Police Department asking for help solving a 2020 cold case

Provo Police need help to identify and locate a suspect in a 2020 cold case shooting that happened at the Missionary Training Center.
4 days ago
salt lake mayorMendenhall guns...
Curt Gresseth

After NY law is struck down, two Utah experts sound off on gun rights

Two advocates on either side of the gun-control vs. gun rights debate sound off on the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to expand the right to carry a firearm in public.
4 days ago
A men’s maximum-security unit in the new Utah State Correctional Facility in Salt Lake City is pi...
Lindsay Aerts

State leaders cut the ribbon on new Utah State Correctional Facility

After five years of construction, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Utah State Correctional Facility, located west of the Salt Lake City International Airport, was held Wednesday.
5 days ago
Salt Lake City Police are looking into a pair of armed bank robberies Tuesday night in the Salt Lak...
Mark Jones

Update: SLC armed robbery suspect taken into custody

Salt Lake City police are searching for Tanner Cram, age 27, a suspect behind a pair of alleged armed bank robberies Monday evening.
6 days ago
Salt Lake City Police Department recently conducted a speed enforcement operation, which resulted i...
Mark Jones

SLCPD issues 96 citations in recent speed enforcement operation

Salt Lake City Police handed out 96 citations to drivers, and issued 18 warnings to other drivers in a recent speed enforcement operation.
6 days ago
Speed limit sign that says the limit is 80 mph. The Washington County sheriff's office made a drug ...
Mark Jackson

Washington County Sheriff’s Office makes drug bust during traffic stop

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said one of its deputies kicked off the drug bust by making a traffic stop on I-15.
6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Jury trial dates set for Lori Vallow in death, disappearance of Idaho children