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An Idaho judge on Friday admitted Chad Daybell, husband of “doomsday cult” mother Lori Vallow, a change of location for her murder case in the midst of media attention surrounding the case.

Judge Steven Boyce proposed that the trial be moved from Fremont County to Ada County, according to his court order.

LORI VALLOW, CHAD DAYBELL listed on murder charges in connection with the death of her children

Chad Daybell enters the courtroom during his preliminary hearing in Fremont County on Monday, August 3, 2020. A judge has granted a change of location for his murder case.

Chad Daybell enters the courtroom during his preliminary hearing in Fremont County on Monday, August 3, 2020. A judge has granted a change of location for his murder case.
(Post Register / John Roark, POOL)

“The court has always found the citizens of Fremont County to be fair, attentive, and dedicated jurors when called upon to fulfill this critically important civic duty,” Boyce wrote in his decision. “The Court has no doubt that without the extraordinary circumstances presented here, Fremont County would have been an ideal venue for this trial and an ideal jury pool from which to select actual triers to decide this case. This however, is not a common case. “

Defense attorneys argued that media attention surrounding the trial may have condemned potential jurors. Prosecutors wanted to keep the trial in Fremont County, but have jurors placed and selected from elsewhere. Boyce denied that request.

The judge said he considered several factors, including Fremont County’s small population, accessibility and facilities in the courtroom, security, staff and media attention before making his decision.

“The court concludes that Ada County would provide the best opportunity to conduct the trial in this case,” Boyce wrote.

Lori Vallow looks at a camera during her hearing on March 6, 2020 in Rexburg, Idaho.  To the right is defender Edwina Elcox.

Lori Vallow looks at a camera during her hearing on March 6, 2020 in Rexburg, Idaho. To the right is defender Edwina Elcox.
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Daybell and Vallow face several criminal charges in connection with the deaths of her two children – Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and his teenage sister, Tylee Ryan – and his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell. The remains of the children were found on Daybell’s Idaho property last year.

Vallow is also facing a conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in Arizona in connection with the July 2019 shooting death of 62-year-old Charles Vallow, who was her husband at the time.

No trial period has been set for Daybell. Vallow’s case is put on hold after she was determined to be mentally unfit to stand trial.

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