Chad Daybell, the husband of “doomsday” cult mother Lori Vallow, pleaded not guilty on Friday to felony prices associated to the disappearance and deaths of Vallow’s two kids.
Daybell, who appeared earlier than a district court docket choose in Fremont County, Idaho, is accused of concealing evidence by hiding the our bodies of Vallow’s autistic son Joshua “JJ” Vallow and his 17-year-old sister, Tylee Ryan, on a piece of Daybell’s property in Rexburg, Idaho, in June 2019.
Daybell’s trial was set for January. He faces up to 20 years in jail.
The couple was a part of a cult known as Making ready a Individuals, which believes in prepping for a second coming of Jesus Christ and the upcoming finish of occasions.
Vallow in the autumn of 2019, across the time of her kids’s’ disappearance, allegedly instructed a good friend that JJ had grow to be a “zombie” who was overtaken by a “darkish spirit,” in accordance to a possible trigger affidavit for Vallow’s arrest.
She allegedly believed the one method to return an individual’s true spirit to their physique was by killing them, the doc states.
Authorities have not charged anybody in the deaths of the 2 youths and have not detailed how they imagine they have been killed.
Vallow faces related prices relating to the destruction of evidence in relation to her kids’s deaths. Each Vallow and Daybell are every being held on $1 million bond.
Investigators are additionally exploring a attainable connection between Vallow and the killing of her first husband, Charles Vallow, the daddy of her two late kids.
Charles Vallow was shot and killed by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, throughout a confrontation in Phoenix in July 2019. Charles had been searching for a divorce from Lori on the time after she had grow to be concerned in the doomsday prepper group.
Authorities are additionally probing the suspicious dying of Daybell’s spouse, Tammy, who died weeks earlier than he married Vallow in Hawaii final November.
JJ and Ryan have been final seen in September 2019. Authorities introduced their disappearance in December and recognized Daybell and Vallow as wished for questioning.
A missing individuals search and an investigation that led to their gravesites this June on Daybell’s property, the place they have been buried in a pet cemetery.
Daybell’s trial is slated to start Jan. 11 and span three weeks by means of Jan. 29.
Vallow is subsequent slated to seem in court docket this September.