ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (KIFI / KIDK) -UPDATE: Following co-defendant Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, through attorney John Prior, filed a separate motion seeking the disqualification and removal of Madison County Attorney Robert Wood from Daybell’s case.
In the filing, Prior alleges that Wood took coercive measures, used inappropriately influential and intimidating tactics to manipulate a material witness. He cites an audio recording as evidence.
He continues to demand that the court disqualify Wood and order him not to take any further action in the case.
You can see the complaint here.
Boise attorney Mark Means filed a motion to disqualify Madison County Attorney Robert Wood as special attorney in the case of Lori Daybell Vallow.
The motion filed on Tuesday alleged misconduct in handling evidence and attempts to coerce or intimidate potential witnesses.
Means claims to have an audio recording of Wood’s interviews with Vallow’s sister Summer Shiflet and Zuelma Pastenes, another material witness.
The motion accuses Wood of intimidating tactics of manipulating a witness and violating the code of conduct.
Means indicated that he intended to file additional motions related to the evidence and summon the prosecutor as a witness to support the motions.
Vallow’s attorney also alleged that “the wrongdoing created the potential for future civil action (action) against Fremont County, Madison County, as well as the district attorney and all rights associated or related to that wrongdoing.”
A hearing on when or whether the application will be examined has not yet been announced.
You can view the full legal application here.
Vallow is expected to appear in Fremont District Court on January 6 with husband Chad Daybell. Judge Steven Boyce will hear motions dismissing two conspiracy allegations to alter or destroy evidence related to the disappearance of Vallow’s two children.
She is still on trial in Madison County on January 4th for crimes of deserting and unsupporting her children, and three offenses of resistance or obstruction, solicitation and contempt.