An Idaho prosecutor was secretly recorded saying that he would not be “shy” about filing charges against “Doomsday” cult couple Lori Vallow-Daybell and Chad Daybell.
The recordings were played Wednesday at a hearing to decide whether to remove special prosecutor Rob Wood from the cases against the husband and wife, the Post Register reported.
The pair — who are members of the doomsday cult Preparing a People — face charges for conspiring to hide the remains of her children Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17. They have not been charged in their deaths.
“I’m going to tell you right now we are going to be filing conspiracy to murder charges for both Chad and Lori,” Wood could be heard in a call to Vallow’s sister Summer Shiflet.
Of pursuing the charges, Wood added that his office is “not shy about that,” news station KJZZ reported.
Wood has been accused by the couple’s lawyers of trying to coerce, intimidate and coach Shiflet — as well as having an inappropriate discussion about the case with Vallow-Daybell’s sister-in-law, Zulema Pastenes, the station said.
In the recordings played Wednesday, Wood could be heard saying that his office has “enough to prosecute” Daybell, but the case against Vallow-Daybell was “stronger.”
Wood insists that there was no wrongdoing and requested an expedited hearing to address the allegations, KJZZ reported.
The married couple — who have both have pleaded not guilty — are accused of lying about the kids’ whereabouts before skipping town last year.
But the remains of the children were found on Daybell’s property in June, though authorities have not released details about their cause of death.
Vallow-Daybell and her husband’s joint jury trial is scheduled to begin July 12.
Secret recordings revealed in court in ‘Doomsday’ cult couple case The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.