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Idaho state prosecutor slams Lori Vallow Daybell’s discovery requests

Lori Vallow Daybell’s team called for information to be released last week

Lori Vallow Daybell, front, second right, and her defense team wait to leave the courtroom during her hearing on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Rexburg, Idaho. Daybell who is charged with felony child abandonment after her two children went missing nearly six months ago had her bond reduced to $1 million by an Idaho judge on Friday.
Lori Vallow Daybell, front, second right, and her defense team wait to leave the courtroom during her hearing on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Rexburg, Idaho. Daybell who is charged with felony child abandonment after her two children went missing nearly six months ago had her bond reduced to $1 million by an Idaho judge on Friday.
John Roark, Idaho Post-Register via Associated Press

Lori Vallow Daybell’s request to obtain evidence related to a murder investigation has been rejected by the state’s prosecutors.

Some context:

  • Vallow Daybell is in jail in Madison County, Idaho. She has a $1 million bail. Vallow Daybell has been charged with desertion and nonsupport after her two children went missing in September 2019.
  • Earlier this month, Vallow Daybell’s attorney filed subpoenas for new information connected to bank records, account information and emails related to an ongoing murder investigation.
  • Reports surfaced last week that said the Idaho Attorney General’s Office is investigating the murder of Tammy Daybell, the late wife of Chad Daybell, who married Lori Vallow two weeks after Tammy Daybell’s death. Tammy Daybell reportedly died under suspicious circumstances.
  • Vallow Daybell’s lawyer, Mark Means, filed a request to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office and the Fremont County Prosecutors Office for all documents related to a murder investigation, including “electronic records, reports, tests, photographs, witness or suspect statements related to the murder investigation,” according to KTVB.

What’s the news:

  • But Rob Wood — the Idaho state prosecutor — objected to Vallow Daybell’s request, according to AZFamily.com. In new paperwork filed to the courts, Wood said “the deaths of the above-mentioned individuals are irrelevant to the desertion of the minor children who are the subject of the above-captioned case.”
  • According to AZFamily.com, Wood said the documents “(the request) would require the state to collect evidence for the defendant.”
  • Wood denied several of the requests, adding that ”the request is vague, overly broad, unduly burdensome, may include attorney work product.”
  • Wood said he would offer Vallow Daybell’s financial records to the defense, as well as information gathered on cellphones and iPads from Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell.