Lori Daybell’s attorney requests information on more than 15 people from Madison prosecutor

Posted at 3:52 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 17:52:37-04

This article was originally published by Nate Eaton in East Idaho News.

Lori Vallow Daybell’s attorney is making another request to the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office for more information related to his client’s case.

Mark Means sent an eight-page letter to Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood last week as a follow-up to Wood’s response to three requests Means filed in March and April.

In those requests, Means asked for audio and video recordings, emails, text messages, social media posts, voicemails, notes, reports, and other information regarding Daybell, her husband, Chad Daybell, and a variety of other people.

The Daybells face felony charges after the remains of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan were found buried on Chad’s Salem property.

Wood responded by providing Means with some of the information, objecting to parts of the request, saying his office did not have some of what was asked for and stating portions of Means’ request were “vague, overly broad and unduly burdensome.”

In his letter, dated Oct. 19, Means says Wood’s responses were not sufficient.

“After careful review, your responses lack compliance. This is our good-faith attempt to resolve this issue prior to filing a motion to compel,” Means writes. “Please provide full and complete responses no later than 5 p.m. of Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 to our office.”

Means is asking for all audio and video recordings, communications, emails, text, social media posts, voicemails, videos, statements, pictures, police reports, agency reports, notes, charts, graphs and files regarding the following people:

  1. Lori Vallow Daybell
  2. Chad Daybell
  3. Melanie Gibb
  4. David Warwick
  5. Alex Cox
  6. Zulema Pastenes
  7. Charles Vallow
  8. Adam Cox
  9. Summer Shiflet
  10. Melani Boudreaux Pawlowski
  11. Ian Pawlowski
  12. Kay Woodcock
  13. Larry Woodcock
  14. Heather Daybell
  15. Other witnesses or potential witnesses
  16. Joshua “JJ” Vallow
  17. Tylee Ryan

Means also requests jailhouse recordings and letters for Chad and Lori Daybell, and autopsy and toxicology reports for JJ and Tylee, as well as the Daybell’s former respective spouses, Tammy Daybell and Charles Vallow.

Lori Daybell pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence. She remains in the Madison County Jail on $1 million bail and is scheduled for a jury trial in April.

Chad Daybell is set to appear in court with his attorney, John Prior, on Thursday to oppose a motion that Chad and Lori’s trials should be combined. Wood argues that the cases should be joined “on the fact the charges … allege they participated in the same act or series of acts and conspired to commit the alleged acts or series of acts.”