New DNA evidence may be used in the case of alleged murderer Laurie Wallow. It was announced during a chaotic last-minute hearing in court on Monday.
Accused cult mother Wallow and her husband Chad Daybell have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to murder in connection with the deaths of her children, Joshua “JJ” Wallow. 7-year-old and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan
The two were also charged in connection with Tammy’s death. Chad’s late wife
They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
District Judge Steven Boyce scheduled a last-minute hearing on Monday after a new DNA lab report was released.
“We had a hearing last Thursday. and at that time The court was advised that there were additional reports related to DNA evidence. in progress But haven’t received a report from prosecutors yet,” Boyce continued Monday. Eastern Idaho News.
“The report was received that evening and was made available to the court and defense counsel.”
After the trial begins, Boyce said the report from the new lab may or may not be accepted as evidence.
As a result, parts of Monday’s trial were closed to the public.
“This could dishonor the jury that might be called to serve in this case. Therefore, it is necessary to seal the record and close the hearing for the purpose of having a frank discussion with counsel about the DNA test report received,” Boyce argued about the closed portion of the hearing.
Members of the public were fired and given two retrial hearings before being postponed on Thursday.
“While the court was on break The court was advised of one additional report related to the DNA evidence received by the state today,” Boyce said.
“To give time to the defense and prepare the court. This trial will continue.”
The trial was scheduled to continue Thursday morning.
The murder trial will begin on April 3.
Boyce is deciding whether to separate the couple before the trial.
He will provide a written verdict in the coming days.
Primary Murder Fee
Laurie and Chad were charged with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of her children. Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan.
After both children were reported missing in 2019, Wallow fled to Hawaii with Chad. her fifth husband which is the head of a religious cult suspected of the doomsday she belongs to
The children’s bodies are found buried on Chad’s estate in rural Idaho in June 2020.
According to reports earlier this year, Lori now says she had an alibi about her children’s deaths and that the children were killed while they were at her late brother Alex’s apartment.
Lori’s attorneys claim claims in court documents filed in Idaho in January in the murder case.
Lori and her husband Chad have pleaded not guilty to murder. collusion and grand theft
death of late wife
The couple were also charged in connection with the death of Chad’s late wife, Tammy Daybel, in October 2019.
They could face the death penalty if convicted.
Lori is also charged with conspiring to murder in Arizona in connection with the death of her ex-boyfriend Charles Vallow.
pair They were estranged, and Charles filed for divorce, saying he feared she would kill him and that she had cult beliefs.
He said she claimed to be “God commissioned for the work of 144,000 at the Second Coming of Christ in July 2020.”
The legal proceedings in Arizona are on hold while the Idaho case is pending.
The complicated case began in November 2019 after police began investigating Lori following reports of the child missing.
during that time Police say Lori lied about the children’s whereabouts.
Their bodies were later found buried on Chad’s property in rural Idaho.
Chad and Laurie married just two weeks after the sudden death of his previous wife, Tammy Daybell.
Tammy’s death was initially caused by natural causes. But investigators exhume her body after becoming suspicious when Chad quickly remarries.
Lori and Chad’s friends later told law enforcement officers that they both believed people might be possessed by dark spirits.
Laurie calls her children “zombies,” which is what they use to refer to people possessed by ghosts. source quoted
In the apology notice, Lori’s attorney said she was in her own apartment in Rexburg when Tylee and JJ died in the apartment nearby where her brother Alex lived.
The lawyer said she was with a few friends “and/or Chad Daybell.”
Her lawyer argued that she was in Hawaii with other friends. When Chad’s ex Tammy dies next month
Chad Daybell’s lawyers haven’t provided much detail about his defense plan.
They said the couple would have “antagonistic defense”
This basically means that a jury must believe one defendant in order to believe another.
The trial will begin April 3 in Ada County, Idaho.