Grandmother of Lori Vallow’s murdered son slams ‘cult mom’ for ‘gambling and selfish stable tactics’ as case stays open

A grandmother of one of the children murdered by Lori Vallows has expressed outrage at a judge’s decision to delay her trial a second time over concerns about her intellectual competence, asking, “Where is the justice?”

Kay Woodcock, the grandmother of Lori’s son Joshua “JJ” Vallow, accused the cult mom of “playing games” and rigging the legal system in a scathing statement to The US Sun on Thursday.

Kay Woodcock, pictured with JJ, was furious after Thursday's decision


Kay Woodcock, pictured with JJ, was furious after Thursday’s decisionCredit: Handout
Lori Vallow's trial has been stayed indefinitely until her mental capacity can be assessed


Lori Vallow’s trial has been stayed indefinitely until her mental capacity can be assessedCredit: Mega

Vallow, 48, was due to be tried in January for the murder of her two children, Tylee, 16, and seven-year-old JJ, both of whom were found buried in shallow graves in June 2020.

Her husband, doomsday author Chad Daybell, was also due to be tried at the same time, but the trial has now been indefinitely postponed until Vallow’s competence can be determined.

“It seems the only ones who are standing out are Chad & Lori,” Kay said in response to the ruling, expressing disappointment.

“JJ, Tylee & Tammy [Chad Daybell’s wife] had no choice. Anyone who loved her had no choice.

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“We can’t even have their bodies for the memorial service.

“Where is the justice?” She asked. “It’s definitely not here.”

This is the second time Lori Vallow’s competence has been questioned since she was charged with the murder of her children a little over two years ago.

Previously, she was declared incompetent in May 2021 after a psychological evaluation found her “unfit” to stand trial.

Her competence was restored in April this year after Vallow spent nine months in an Idaho psychiatric facility before renewed concerns about her capacity were raised during Thursday’s court hearing.

“The court wastes time, even when it comes to their competence,” scolded Kay.

“She’s doing what she does best, playing games and manipulating this situation to suit her. Your wishes. your needs.

“It’s a stable tactic,” she continued. “She doesn’t want to face the consequences.

“I’m incredibly angry and disappointed.”


Fremont County Judge Stephen Boyce made the decision to stay Vallow’s trial.

It came after a sealed application was filed on Oct. 5 that was presented to the court.

Upon review, Boyce decided that insufficient information had been provided to determine Vallow’s competence.

In his decision, Boyce wrote: “This case…is hereby stayed pending the determination of Ms. Daybell’s competence to stand trial.

“Accordingly, the court currently sees no other alternative than to clear the process of January 9, 2023.”

It’s a stable tactic! She doesn’t want to face the consequences

Kay woodcockJJ Vallow’s grandma

A new competency assessment has been requested by Boyce, although it is unclear when that assessment will take place.

It’s also unclear if Chad Daybell’s trial without Lori will go ahead as planned.

Just last week, Daybell’s attorneys filed a motion to have his trial moved and separated from Vallow.

He first filed a motion to separate his case from his wife’s in 2021, which the court denied in March, citing three possible sources of bias.

In their recent motion to separate the two cases, Daybell’s legal team has argued that a joint trial in this case would be unfair, as prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Vallow, which could harm their client.

Additionally, they believe Daybell cannot present a “full defense” in a joint trial, among other conflicts.

Tylee and JJ disappeared weeks apart in September 2019. Both were found dead the following June


Tylee and JJ disappeared weeks apart in September 2019. Both were found dead the following JuneCredit: FBI
Lori is pictured with JJ just before his disappearance


Lori is pictured with JJ just before his disappearanceCredit: AP

They have also requested that the trial date be rescheduled to January 9, 2023 due to “considerable investigation and preparation for the trial and a significant body of discovery” that they say the defense has still not received from prosecutors were submitted.

Judge Boyce has not yet ruled on the motion.

However, last month the judge banned cameras from the courtroom over concerns the images could interfere with Vallow and Daybell’s right to a fair trial.


Vallow and Daybell’s twisted saga began in September 2019 when JJ and Tylee went missing just weeks apart.

Tylee was last seen on September 8th on a family trip to Yellowstone National Park, and JJ disappeared on September 22nd in Rexburg, Idaho.

Lori had maintained for several months that her children were safe and living with family members in Arizona, but refused to reveal where or with whom and ignored a court order to produce the children for authorities.

Investigators would then make a horrifying discovery on June 9, 2020, shortly after serving a search warrant at the home of Lori’s husband, Chad Daybell, in Salem, Idaho.

In the backyard of the property, police found two human remains buried in shallow graves, which were soon confirmed to be Tylee and JJ.

The two children were buried in shallow graves in a pet cemetery in Daybell's backyard


The two children were buried in shallow graves in a pet cemetery in Daybell’s backyardCredit: See caption
It's unclear if Chad Daybell's trial will continue into January next year


It’s unclear if Chad Daybell’s trial will continue into January next yearCredit: Mega

Tylee’s remains had been dismembered and cremated, while JJ was found buried in his red pajamas and wrapped in plastic bags with his mouth, arms and wrists covered with duct tape.

Chad Daybell was taken into custody the same day and both he and Lori were later indicted by a grand jury on a number of charges related to the children’s deaths, including first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Lori’s devoted brother, Alex Cox, was also believed to be involved in her murders, but evaded charges after his sudden death in December 2019, which was reportedly the result of “natural causes” triggered by high blood pressure and blood clots in his lungs.

Months earlier, during an argument, Cox had also shot and killed Lori’s fourth husband, Charles Vallow.

The shooting was initially believed to be self-defense, but the case was reopened after Tylee and JJ were found dead and police now believe Cox short-circuited Charles on Lori’s instructions.


Prosecutors alleged that Lori wanted JJ and Tylee dead because – with encouragement from Daybell – she believed they were possessed by “dark spirits” and therefore needed to be purged.

Chad Daybell’s wife Tammy also died during the month-long saga.

Her death, initially ruled as the result of a “heart event,” occurred in October 2019, just two weeks before Vallow and Chad Daybell tied the knot in Hawaii.

Authorities now consider her death suspicious as court documents state that Cox attempted to shoot Tammy in the days leading up to her eventual death.

Tammy’s body was exhumed, but the results of her second autopsy were not released to the public. Cox died a day before the exhumation.

Vallow and Daybell have both pleaded not guilty to all charges and could face the death penalty if convicted.

In a previous interview with The US Sun, Kay said she was looking forward to finally getting through the process that will now be a few months away.

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“We miss him every day.” Grandmother of Lori Vallow’s murdered son slams ‘cult mom’ for ‘gambling and selfish stable tactics’ as case stays open


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