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Chad Daybell pleads not guilty

Daybell’s trial is set for January 2021
This file booking photo provided by the Rexburg (Idaho) Police Department shows Chad Daybell,...
This file booking photo provided by the Rexburg (Idaho) Police Department shows Chad Daybell, who was arrested June 9, 2020. Daybell, of Idaho, who is charged with destroying evidence after police said the bodies of two missing kids were found on his Idaho property has pleaded not guilty.(Rexburg Police Department via AP, File)
Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 10:14 AM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Chad Daybell, the step-father of the two missing Rexburg children who were later found dead, says he is not guilty. He made the plea Friday morning at his district court arraignment at 9 a.m.

Daybell appeared before District Court Judge Steven Boyce. He faces two counts of conspiracy to conceal, alter or destroy evidence, as well as two counts concealment, destruction and alteration of evidence.

You may remember, the remains of 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan were found in Daybell’s yard. This lead to his arrest on June 9.

If convicted, Daybell faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine. His a pretrial conference is scheduled on Dec. 20, and a jury trial to begin on January 11, 2021.

Daybell’s wife and mother of the children, Lori Vallow, appears in district court for her arraignment on Sept. 10.

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