THE grandparents of a murdered boy, JJ Vallow, have finally spoken out after his mother Lori and her husband suffered a major setback in court.
Joshua, who goes by the name of JJ, was just seven years old when he was killed along with another of Lori’s children, Tylee Ryan, 16.
Lori and her husband, Chad Daybell, have been charged with the murders of JJ and Tylee and will appear in court in April, where they face the death penalty if convicted.
Lori’s family members have accused her of being part of a “doomsday cult” with her husband.
During a court hearing Thursday, District Judge Steven Boyce denied a request by Chad’s attorney to delay the trial until April 2024.
“I feel like the world is praying that this process moves forward and that we have a good, honest, direct process that focuses on the evidence,” Larry Woodcock, grandparents of JJ, told East Idaho News on Thursday.
“I believe this case will be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” Larry said.
“They can make any excuses, but in the end they are guilty of murdering two children.”
Boyce also turned down a request from Lori’s attorneys to meet with her and Chad to strategize the case.
Kay Woodcock, JJ’s other grandparents, told the outlet: “Thank god he turned it down.
“I think Lori just wanted to see Chad in person and maybe find out if she’s going to turn against him.
Kay added, “There has to be more to it than just meeting and strategizing.”
JJ’s grandparents believe that Chad will turn against Lori at trial.
Chad never looked at Lori during Thursday’s court hearing, but Lori repeatedly looked at Chad, the outlet reports.
“Lori — you’re about to get totally thrown under the bus,” Larry Woodcock said.
“In fact, you don’t get thrown under a bus – you get thrown under a steamroller.
Larry added, “Chad is not your friend, his attorney is not your friend and I truly believe the moment the case opens, they’re going to throw her under the bus.”
Boyce also denied a request from prosecutors to seize the jury early in the trial.
Chad is also charged with the murder of his former wife, Tammy Daybell, 49, who died in “suspicious circumstances” in 2019.
Lori was arrested in Hawaii in February 2020 after failing to provide proof of life for her missing children to the Madison County Attorney’s Office in January.
JJ AND TYLEE DISAPPEAR
JJ and Tylee disappeared in September 2019 but were not reported missing until months later.
JJ was enrolled at Kennedy Elementary School on September 3, 2019, but was “dropped out” nearly three weeks later after Lori claimed she was homeschooling him.
Tylee was last seen on September 8 at Yellowstone Park on a family day out with her mother and uncle Alex Cox.
Lori originally told police that her children were staying with a family friend in Arizona when police conducted a welfare check at the family’s Rexburg home on Nov. 26.
Detectives later determined she had lied, noting that Chad and Lori had “abruptly evacuated their house” when police returned to question them the next day.
The couple reportedly told People that Tylee was dead and claimed she had no other younger children, although she had an older son, Colby.
In February, surveillance footage unearthed appeared to show Lori dumping children’s items in a warehouse the year before, around the time she and Chad fled to Hawaii.
Idaho authorities say there is no sign JJ and Tylee Ryan ever made it to Hawaii.
The “charred remains” of Lori’s children were then found wrapped in plastic bags in a pet cemetery on her husband Chad’s property, a court heard.
Investigators made the grisly discovery at Chad’s home on June 9, 2020.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7196728/jj-lori-vallow-grandparents-murder-trial-chad-daybell/ JJ Vallow’s grandparents break their silence after ‘cult mom’ Lori and her husband suffer major setback ahead of murder trial