Lori Vallow is awaiting trial in her death penalty murder trial, accused of killing her two children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and daughter, Tylee Ryan, 17, along with Tammy Daybell, her husband’s previous wife, Chad Daybell. He is also being prosecuted in the case. A judge ordered that they appear in court together in 2023, according to a court order.
Read the full order here.
Vallow, 49, dubbed “doomsday mom” in the high-profile case, was a pageant queen and Mormon mother who lived with Daybell in Rexburg, Idaho, on a site where the bodies of her two children were discovered on June 9. 2020, according to the New York Post.
Her surviving son, Colby Ryan, 26, faced a recent update in his own case. He was incarcerated on a charge of rape. That case was dropped. However, a judge told East Idaho News that the case remains open. Read more about the case here.
Vallow is also charged with conspiracy to murder the death of her previous husband, Charles Vallow. Alex Cox shot and killed Charles Vallow, claiming the murder was in self-defense, police said. Cox later died and police said his cause of death was natural.
The case is receiving renewed interest after a Netflix documentary, ‘Sins of Our Mother’. It was released on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
Here’s what you need to know:
Vallow faces the death penalty in the murder case, and a judge issued a ruling agreeing to prosecutors’ request to postpone her case from October 2022 to January 2023.
“This is a death penalty case. The volume of discovery is extraordinary. The defendant’s defense team has only recently been fully assembled and has expressed concerns about its ability to be fully prepared to defend their client in October,” Judge Steven Boyce wrote in the 12-page ruling.
The ruling was made in May 2022. Vallow’s previous attorney was removed from the case in December, according to East Idaho News. Vallow and Daybell will face trial together, East Idaho News reported. Her new attorney is Jim Archibald.
Vallow’s attorneys discussed her mental health in a motion filed by her legal team in May 2022, according to East Idaho News, which attended hearings in her case.
“Lori Vallow Daybell’s mental health is extremely complex and fragile, and she has the potential to be hospitalized again in the near future,” Vallow’s attorneys said. “None of the experts employed by the court and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare claim that she is fabricating or fabricating her mental illness. She understands that she will undergo further mental health testing, as a neuropsychologist approved for the defense team will meet her next month.
The lawyers’ statement came in response to a request from prosecutors to postpone the trial date, which a judge agreed to, the news channel said. The news channel reported that Vallow understood that delaying the trial date would give her lawyers additional time to prepare a defense over the charges filed against her.
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