Judge and 2 Lawyers Step Down in Lori Vallow Daybell Case as Court Date is Delayed Until May

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The judge presiding over the case of Lori Vallow Daybell, the mother of two missing Idaho children, has stepped down, and two of her attorneys say they will withdraw from representing her. 

Lori, 46, was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing this week before Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins. After her attorney filed a motion to disqualify Eddins and a waiver to delay her preliminary hearing, both her court date and the judge on the case were changed.

Lori is now scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on May 7 and May 8 before Magistrate Judge Michelle Radford Mallard. In the meantime, she remains in jail on $1 million bond.

The ongoing search for Lori's two children, Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, continues against the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the U.S. Idaho has nine confirmed coronavirus cases so far, according to its state health website, including one in Madison County, where Lori is being held.