An Idaho woman known as the ‘Cult Mom’ for her Doomsday beliefs has waived her right to a speedy trial, in connection with the disappearance and death of her two children.
Lori Vallow, 46, faces three misdemeanor charges in Madison County, Idaho.
The charges – resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court – face a maximum sentence of two years.
She had been charged with two counts of desertion and non-support of children, but those charges were dropped July 2.
She also faces two felony charges in Fremont County, Idaho, of conspiracy to destroy, alter, or conceal evidence.
Vallow, 46, was arrested in Hawaii in February, after the disappearance of her children
Vallow, pictured in court in Madison County, Idaho, has pleaded not guilty to the charges
Her children, seven-year-old Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, 17, were found buried on the Salem, Idaho property of her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, 51, in June.
They had been reported missing in September.
For months, the couple refused to tell authorities where the children were, and they were arrested in Hawaii in February.
No one has yet been charged with killing the two children.
Daybell has been charged with two counts of felony destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.
Court documents allege Daybell hid or destroyed human remains on two occasions between September 22, 2019 and June 9, 2020 – knowing that the remains would be discovered as evidence in a criminal proceeding.
Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, were found buried in Salem, Idaho in June
If he is found guilty, Daybell would face a maximum of five years in the state penitentiary or up to $10,000 fine for each charge. The sentences could run consecutively or concurrently.
Vallow, whose husband shared her belief in ‘end of times’ philosophies, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
On Friday Judge Michelle Mallard agreed to reduce her bail from $1 million to $150,000.
The judge ordered that if Vallow posts bail, she can not have contact with her alleged co-conspirators, who were not named during the hearing.
Mallard scheduled the jury trial for January 25-29, 2021 at 9am.
JJ Valow, 7, with his sister Tylee Ryan, 17, and their uncle Alex Cox in September 2019
Police are also investigating a string of other deaths in the Vallow-Daybell family.
Vallow’s fourth husband, Charles Vallow, was shot dead in July 2019 by her brother, Alex Cox, reportedly in self-defense.
Vallow’s nephew-in-law, Brandon Boudreaux, was targeted in October 2019 in a failed drive-by shooting in Arizona, carried out by someone driving a green Jeep Cherokee still registered to Charles Vallow.
Cox died in December 2019, with the autopsy attributing it to natural causes – blood clots and high blood pressure.
Daybell’s first wife, Tammy, died in October 2019, aged 49, purportedly in her sleep.
Daybell and Vallow married two weeks later.