A JUDGE has disqualified himself from the criminal case for Lori Vallow, the Idaho 'cult mom' whose two missing children were last seen in September.
Judge Faren Eddins said during a phone hearing on Friday that he would remove himself from the case after Vallow's attorneys filed paperwork asking that he no longer preside over the case.
Vallow's daughter Tylee Ryan, 17, and 7-year-old son Joshua "JJ" Vallow have been missing since September and cops believe their lives are in danger.
Her attorney Mark Means filed a motion on Wednesday to have Judge Eddins removed from the case, as they noted that Eddins had already overseen a child custody case for JJ Vallow prior to the criminal charges.
In court documents, they argued that Eddins' involvement in the prior case "poses a conflict and/or unfair prejudice with respect to the Defendant's rights" to a fair trial.
In Idaho, a defendant can move to have the judge dismissed from their case and does not need to cite a specific reason so long as the request is filed in a timely manner.
While the prosecution objected to Eddins' removal, the motion was taken up at 2pm on Friday and Judge Eddins signed the order soon after disqualifying him from the case.
The decision means that Vallow will get a new judge and a change in her legal team after two of Lori's attorneys are also withdrawing from the case.During the phone call with the court on Friday, defense attorney Brian Webb said he and Edwina Wilcox will be stepping down, leaving Mark Means as Lori's attorney.
Lori Vallow, who has asked to be named as Lori Daybell after marrying husband Chad Daybell, is still being held in Madison County Jail on two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children.
She is also being held on misdemeanor charges of resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court.
The change means that the two-day preliminary hearing that was originally scheduled for next week has been postponed until May 7 and 8.
Edwina Elcox, Vallow's attorney, has said that Lori is "dedicated to vigorously defending against these allegations"
So far, no new judge has been assigned.
Vallow was arrested last month in connection with the disappearance of her two children.
The bizarre case involving Vallow, Daybell and others stretches across several states and includes investigations into three mysterious deaths.
In August, Vallow moved from Arizona to Idaho, where Daybell lived with his previous wife, Tammy Daybell. She died in October.
Investigators say Vallow, charged with child abandonment, and Daybell have repeatedly lied about the whereabouts of the children.
In addition, Vallow’s estranged husband, Charles Vallow, was shot and killed by her brother Alex Cox in Phoenix in July.
Cox, who said the shooting was in self-defense, then died of unknown causes in December.
It was also recently revealed that there may be a connection between Cox and the death of Tammy Daybell.
Tammy Daybell’s remains have been exhumed, but the autopsy report has not been released.
Toxicology results on Cox also are not public yet.
An investigation is ongoing, but the religious beliefs of Vallow and Chad Daybell seem to be crucial elements.
Vallow claims she is “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020,” according to divorce documents that Charles Vallow filed before he died.
It was also revealed last week that Vallow talks to spirits and stockpiles food and supplies in preparation for the apocalypse, according to a member of her religious group.
Authorities are still looking for the two missing kids who vanished six months ago.
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