The Idaho man accused of tampering with and destroying the evidence of the mysterious death of his two stepchildren aged 7 and 16, a case in which the mother of the minors was also charged, pleaded not guilty on Friday to the charges against him.
Chad Daybell pleaded not guilty to four felony counts Friday morning as his case progresses to trial in January. Daybell appeared before District Court Judge Steven Boyce, who read a summary of the charges, including two counts of conspiracy to destroy, alter, or conceal evidence, and two counts of destruction, alteration, or concealment of evidence.
The bodies of Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, were found buried in Chad Daybell’s property in June after several months of
“By pleading not guilty, you will uphold all of your constitutional rights in this case,” Boyce said. “Among those rights, you have the right to the presumption of innocence. The presumption of innocence is a real and important right that is at the base of our criminal justice system ”.
Daybell is the husband of Lori Vallow Daybell, the mother of Joshua and Tylee Ryan and who also faces charges related to the still mysterious disappearance and death of the minors.
The children were reported missing in September 2019 and only until June of this year, almost a year later, were their remains found on Daybell’s property, located in a rural area of Idaho.
Since his arrest on June 9, Daybell has been being held in the Fremont County Jail on a $ 1 million bond.
The authorities confirmed that the remains buried in the stepfather’s house are those of the pair of little brothers who disappeared 9 months ago.
Lori Daybell is also charged in Fremont County with two felonies of conspiracy to destroy, alter or conceal evidence. Her hearing is scheduled for September 10 before District Judge Dane H. Watkins Jr.
If convicted of all charges, Daybell could face up to 20 years in prison and $ 40,000 in fines.
The complicated case began last summer, when Lori Daybell’s brother shot and killed her husband, Charles Vallow, in Phoenix. Her brother, Alex Cox, said the shooting was in self-defense. Charles Vallow had filed for divorce, claiming that Lori believed she had become a divine figure who was responsible for ushering in Biblical end times. Cox died in December of an apparent blood clot in her lung.