Bombshell Lori Vallow update as ‘cult mother’ requests new trial days after being found guilty of murdering her two children
The LORI Vallow team has filed for a new trial after highlighting three issues they had with the guilty verdict.
The so-called cult mother was found guilty on May 12 of murdering her children JJ, seven, and Tylee, 16, and also plotting to murder her now husband’s ex-wife.
Lori’s team had two weeks to file a request for a new trial and did so on the last day the judge allowed.
The attorneys said some jurors were confused by the instructions, citing an interview conducted by the East Idaho News.
The local outlet spoke to a juror who proved the distinction between evidentiary evidence and evidence of character was unclear when it came to the shooting of Lori’s fourth husband, Charles Vallow, Lori’s team says.
Lori was accused of conspiring to kill him with the help of her brother Alex Cox while living in Arizona.
Evidence related to the murder was admitted at trial so the jury could learn about Lori’s character and the way people perceived her.
However, the jury told local broadcaster, “We didn’t consider this in our deliberations because it was clear to us, the instructions were clear, evidence and testimonies from Arizona are for demonstration purposes only,” the local NBC affiliate said KTVB reports.
The jury went on to say that he believed the Arizona police made a mistake in their investigation into Charles’s death.
Lori’s team believes this is a clear indication that the rules were not properly explained to the jury and is using this as evidence for a second trial.
Her next claim relates to the number of people allegedly conspiring to commit the sick crimes together.
The defense alleges the court allowed the jury to consider only a conspiracy between two people.
The pairings were either Lori and her fifth husband Chad Daybell, Lori and her brother Alex Cox, or Chad and Alex.
However, in the indictment, the team stated that at least five people, including these three, were involved in a conspiracy.
“It was prejudicial and unlawful that the government and court should allow a conspiracy of only two people instead of five and require a new trial,” the motion reads.
Finally, Lori’s team alleges that the grand larceny count that Lori was convicted of was not resolved by the jury.
Lawyers said the government changed the law while also changing the charge because of a clerical error two years after the charges were brought.
“Whether the wording of the grand theft charge included ‘intent to rob’ or ‘intent to deceive’ was an element of evidence for the jury to decide and could not be altered by the government,” the attorneys allege.
Prosecutors can file a response to the application, but it has not yet been filed.
Lori made headlines for honeymooning in Hawaii with new husband Chad after their children went missing in September 2019.
The following year, their bodies were discovered in makeshift graves on Chad’s property in Idaho.
Vallow does not face the death penalty for killing her children, but she could face prison for the rest of her life.
A sentencing hearing is expected in about three months.
Meanwhile, a new indictment against Vallow in Maricopa County has surfaced.
She is accused of plotting to murder her niece’s ex-husband, Brandon Boudreaux.
A jury indicted her in February 2022, but the indictments were only recently released. Fox 10 Phoenix reported.
Gilbert police, Arizonaclaim that Vallow and her brother Alex Cox, who died in December 2019, conspired to kill Boudreaux, who was previously married to Vallow’s niece.
Boudreaux was allegedly shot by someone in a gray Jeep Wrangler in October 2019.
He told police that someone in the driveway of his home in Gilbert pointed a gun at him from a window and shot him, but the bullet missed.
Investigators found surveillance footage showing Alex and Lori unloading a gray Jeep Wrangler.
In addition, authorities have digital evidence linking Cox to the Gilbert area near the shooting, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.
Vallow’s current husband, Chad Daybell, is expected to stand trial next year for the alleged murder of their children.