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‘Cult mom’ Lori Vallow waives preliminary hearing next week

Lori Vallow is set to be arraigned by a district court on charges relating to the hiding of the remains of her two children after waiving her preliminary hearing next week. 

In a brief court appearance via Zoom on Thursday, the 47-year-old ‘cult mom’ said she will give up her right to the hearing on Monday, after consulting with defense attorney Mark Means.

The move means Vallow’s case will automatically move to a higher court, where a trial date will be set if she pleads not guilty to the felony charges, KTVB reported.

Vallow is facing two felony counts of conspiracy to destroy or conceal evidence. She previously pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanors charges for contempt, resisting and obstructing and criminal solicitation to commit a crime.

Lori Vallow (pictured on Thursday) has waived her right to a preliminary scheduled for next week a brief court appearance via Zoom 

The move comes days after a two-day hearing in which a judge ruled husband Chad Daybell (pictured on Tuesday) will stand trial

Chad Daybell's mugshot

The move comes days after a two-day hearing in which a judge ruled husband Chad Daybell (pictured left on Tuesday) will stand trial 

A date for her arraignment is yet to be announced.  

It comes days after an Idaho judge ruled that husband Chad Daybell will stand trial, following a two-day hearing.  

Daybell, 52, who married Vallow last year, has pleaded not guilty to charges related to hiding the remains of seven-year-old Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan.   

Investigators found their bodies during a search in June, months after they were last seen in September. Authorities have yet to file charges related to the deaths of the children.

They also have yet to say how or when the children died, but the prosecuting attorney on Tuesday during closing arguments called both deaths homicides based on the condition of the bodies.

The two-day hearing included graphic testimony about unearthing the duct-tape bound body of the boy and the charred and dismembered remains of the girl.

The bodies of seven-year-old Joshua 'JJ' Vallow (left) and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan (right) were found in June, nine months after they had disappeared

The bodies of seven-year-old Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow (left) and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan (right) were found in June, nine months after they had disappeared

JJ's grandfather Larry Woodcock raised his arms and hugged prosecutors following the decision on Tuesday

JJ’s grandfather Larry Woodcock raised his arms and hugged prosecutors following the decision on Tuesday

Vallow (pictured in March) previously pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges

 Vallow (pictured in March) previously pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges 

A friend of Lori Daybell, Melanie Gibb, testified how people involved in the case became acquainted through a doomsday belief system that led them to ‘preparedness’ meetings loosely affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

An FBI analyst who reviewed cellphone records testified that on September 9 Chad sent a text to his then wife, Tammy Daybell, saying he was burning debris and that he had also shot and buried a large raccoon on his property. 

The analyst said that was notable because Tylee Ryan was last seen alive on September 8 in Yellowstone National Park.

Prosecutors also said cellphone location records indicated that the day after JJ Vallow was last seen alive in late September, Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, showed up at Chad’s property just as he had shown up at Tylee Ryan’s grave site the day after she disappeared.

Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins said probable cause was shown by the state, allowing the case to proceed to an arraignment before a district judge on August 21

Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins said probable cause was shown by the state, allowing the case to proceed to an arraignment before a district judge on August 21

Cox died in December, and the former spouses of both Chad Daybell and Lori Daybell also died last year.

Police started investigating a missing child case last year and eventually arrested Lori on charges she abandoned her children.

She called Chad from jail on June 9, the day authorities arrived to search his property with at least five cadaver dogs, according to testimony at Tuesday’s hearing.

‘I love you so much,’ Chad said somberly after telling her police were searching the field behind the house.

‘I love you,’ she responds. ‘Should I try to call you later?

‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘You can try.’

Chad Daybell was taken into custody later that day after searchers found one of the bodies.

Investigators said they found the bodies by tracking Cox’s cellphone movements. 

Police said Cox was involved in the conspiracy to hide the children’s remains. He died of an apparent blood clot in his lung at his Arizona home last December.

The remains of Lori's children Tylee Ryan (left) and Joshua 'JJ' Vallow (right) were discovered on the property of her husband Chad Daybell on June 9 - nine months after they went missing

The remains of Lori’s children Tylee Ryan (left) and Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow (right) were discovered on the property of her husband Chad Daybell on June 9 – nine months after they went missing 

In this aerial photo, investigators search for human remains at Chad Daybell's residence in the 200 block of 1900 East in Salem, Idaho on June 9

In this aerial photo, investigators search for human remains at Chad Daybell’s residence in the 200 block of 1900 East in Salem, Idaho on June 9

Court documents in Lori’s criminal case include claims that the couple believed dark spirits, or ‘zombies,’ would possess people. 

Gibb said Lori told her at different times last year that both children had become zombies and that the couple believed the only way to rid a person of a dark spirit was by killing them.

Much of Gibb’s testimony revolved around a phone conversation she recorded with the couple after she became suspicious and confronted them about the missing children and accused them of multiple lies.

Gibb acknowledged to Chad’s attorney, John Prior, that she initially lied to police about having JJ Vallow with her because she was persuaded to lie by Lori.

Gibb said she became concerned that she could be blamed for the children’s disappearance, leading her to call the couple and record the conversation, which she shared with police.

The strange case also includes the shooting death of Lori’s estranged husband, Charles Vallow, in suburban Phoenix by Cox. He asserted the shooting was in self-defense. 

Charles had been seeking a divorce, saying Lori believed she had become a god-like figure who was responsible for ushering in the biblical end times.

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