'Cult mom' Lori Vallow's husband Chad Daybell denies killing her kids because 'he wouldn't dig shallow graves'

CHAD Daybell has denied killing the kids of alleged cult mom Lori Vallow because "he wouldn't dig shallow graves", his family says.

Daybell, 52, is charged alongside Vallow, 47, over the deaths of her children – who vanished in 2019 and whose bodies were found buried in his Idaho backyard last year.

He pleaded not guilty to the murder and conspiracy charges in June this year, CNN reports.

Daybell's five adult children Garth Daybell, Emma Murray, Seth Daybell, Leah Murphy, and Mark Daybell have spoken out for the first time since the 52-year-old's arrest last June.

They said that Daybell is innocent and he played no part in the deaths of Vallow's kids JJ Vallow, seven and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, MailOnline reports.

They claim that Daybell wouldn't have buried the bodies in "shallow graves".

Seth told CBS: "He knew how to dig graves and that doesn't sound believable to me. This is a man who buries pets, at like, as deep as he can."

Emma said that it would've made no sense for Daybell to hide the bodies in his backyard.

She said: "I don't know why they would be there, but I do know that if he were to commit a crime, he wouldn't be foolish enough to put the evidence in his own backyard."

Daybell and Vallow were indicted by a grand jury on first-degree murder charges on the deaths of JJ and Tylee.

The 52-year-old is due to stand trial at the end of 2021.

In May, Vallow was judged "unfit to stand trial" days after she and Daybell were charged.

The 47-year-old underwent a competency evaluation on March 8 after her "fitness to proceed" was drawn into question by her attorney.

The pair were also hit with a slew of other charges, including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft in connection to the kids' deaths.

Chad Daybell has also been charged with the death of his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell.

Tammy's death was thought to be from natural causes but cops reopened the case and her body was exhumed in December 2019.


Vallow and Daybell, a former pastor, were members of an apparent "doomsday cult" and married just two weeks after Daybell was widowed.

They married just months after Tylee and JJ were last seen alive.

Tylee and JJ vanished without a trace in September 2019 as cops opened a probe.

Throughout the investigation, Vallow reportedly stated her kids with safe and living with family members in Arizona.

She was arrested in February 2020 on charges of deserting and abandoning her children.

Just over four months later, JJ and Tylee's bodies were found buried in Daybell's backyard in Fremont County, Idaho.

The couple is believed to have planned their murder nearly a year earlier, with the conspiracy charges dating to October 2018.

Vallow's brother, Alex Cox, is named as a co-conspirator in all three deaths, with an indictment alleging there are additional suspected co-conspirators that are "both known and unknown" to prosecutors.

He died suddenly in December 2019, the day after Tammy's body was exhumed.

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