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Chad Daybell waives right to speedy trial in deaths of 2 children

Chad Daybell, Lori Vallow’s current husband, walks into court in Lihue, Hawaii.
Chad Daybell walks into court for wife Lori Vallow Daybell’s hearing in Lihue, Hawaii, on Feb. 21, 2021. Chad Daybell is scheduled to go to trail in November, but just signed a document waiving his right to a speedy trial.
Dennis Fujimoto, The Garden Island via Associated Press

The Idaho author facing murder charges for the deaths of two of his new wife's children has waived his right to a speedy trial as attorneys pore over evidence.

Chad Daybell is jailed awaiting trial in the bizarre case that has centered around his and Lori Vallow Daybell's apocalyptic religious beliefs and the mysterious deaths of their former spouses. The couple faces charges of murder and conspiracy in the killings of her children, "JJ" Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, in Fremont County's 7th District Court.

Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty to each count he faces. He was set to go on trial in November but signed a court document on Aug. 19 waiving his right to a trial within six months of his June arraignment. A judge has not formally postponed the proceeding and a new date has not yet been set.

Prosecutors have announced they'll seek the death penalty if he is found guilty.

A search for the children, last seen in September 2019, began after their extended family members pushed police to find them. Their remains were unearthed last summer at Chad Daybell's property in Salem, Idaho.

The couple wed within a month after Chad Daybell's former wife, Tammy Daybell, died in her sleep in October 2019. Now Chad and Lori Daybell are charged with conspiracy and Chad Daybell is charged with murder in his late wife's death.

Additionally, in Arizona, Lori Vallow Daybell is accused of plotting with her late brother, Alex Cox, to kill her former husband in what police called a "master plan." She faces a single count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in Maricopa County. Cox later died of a blood clot.

Lori Daybell's case is on hold after a psychological evaluation found she is not competent to stand trial and a judge ordered her to undergo mental health treatment.

Chad Daybell returns to court Oct. 5 for a hearing focused on a potential change of venue as his defense attorney seeks to have the trial moved out of rural southeast Idaho.