Idaho 7th Judicial District Magistrate Judge Steven W. Boyce said that a scheduling conference would take place in two weeks to determine a date for the start of Daybell’s trial. He could face a death sentence, the judge said.
Ryan said he’s been holding on to the good memories of his siblings and the “normal days, waking up, especially in the summer .. swimming, enjoying each other. That’s what I hold on to.”
Kay Woodcock, JJ’s biological grandmother, who was also present Wednesday, called Daybell a “liar.”
“I’m glad that we’re moving on to the next step,” Woodcock said after the hearing. “I think he should just give it up. How do you have two kids in your backyard and you don’t know anything about it.”
The children’s disappearance became national news after Daybell and Vallow abruptly left Idaho following questioning by police about the disappearance of Tylee, 17, and JJ, 7, and about Tammy Daybell’s death.
Daybell and Vallow are both charged with first-degree murder of the children and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder against all three victims, according to court documents. Daybell faces an additional murder charge for the death of his ex-wife.
Daybell also is charged with insurance fraud stemming from life insurance policies he had on his ex-wife for which he was the beneficiary and allegedly received funds after her death. Vallow is charged with grand theft for allegedly continuing to draw Social Security benefits for her children after their deaths.
After a court ordered psychological evaluation, Vallow was declared “not competent to proceed” with trial by an Idaho judge last month. The judge recommended that she seek treatment, according to a Fremont County court order.
CNN’s Christina Maxouris, Andy Rose and Jenn Selva contributed to this report.