A FORMER Attorney General has said concerns about “cult mom” Lori Vallow’s competence are justified following a judge’s shock decision to vacate the murder trial.
However, former Idaho Attorney General David Leroy warned that this case was fraught with “flip-flops,” as Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell would face murder charges after the remains of two of Vallow’s children were found on Daybell’s property .
While Vallow was originally scheduled to stand trial for murder in January 2023, her future remains a mystery after a judge announced on Thursday that the trial was stayed until she is found fit to stand trial.
“Well, if you’re looking for flip-flops in this trial, there are plenty,” said defense attorney David Leroy.
“This is a situation that makes very little mental health sense to begin with.”
The Idaho District Court’s announcement comes after a judge previously ruled that she was mentally fit to stand trial after 11 months of restoring her competence.
“It’s not unique and it’s not unreasonable,” Leroy told KTVB.
“And with a crime as baffling as this, it’s probably realistic, but it’s not very common that you see something like that.”
The so-called doomsday cult mother was seen grinning in court during a hearing before her capital murder trial recently in August for allegedly killing her two children, Tylee and JJ.
JJ’s grandmother, Kay Woodcock, who previously spoke to the US Sun about her grandson’s final moments, reportedly issued a statement to KTVD, saying, “It seems the only ones who are holding their own are Chad & Lori .
“JJ, Tylee & Tammy had no choice. Anyone who loved her had no choice.
“The court wastes time, even when it comes to their competence. She does what she does best, plays games and manipulates this situation to suit HER.
“She wants. YOUR needs. It’s a delaying tactic! She doesn’t want to face the consequences.”
However, Leroy believes concerns about Lori’s competence at this late stage in the case must be valid.
“I don’t think it’s reasonably possible to simulate at this point in this important case,” he said.
“If there are psychological problems here, if the judge signed this order here on evidence, then there is evidence.”
Chad Daybell also made a rare move when he asked to be tried as an individual defendant rather than attend a previously planned joint trial.
Leroy explained that this doesn’t happen often, but Chad’s request can be granted if Lori’s competence remains an issue.
He went on to say that this decision could be beneficial for both of them as they would have the freedom to blame the other person.
This comes as Lori was arrested in Hawaii in February 2020 after failing to provide the Madison County Attorney’s Office with proof of life for her missing children.
Tylee Ryan, 16, and Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, went missing in September 2019.
The children’s bodies were found on June 9 at Chad’s Idaho home.
The couple never reported them missing and flew to Hawaii shortly after investigators questioned them about the children.
Lori’s family members have accused her of being part of a “doomsday cult” with her husband.
Chad, a preacher, has also been charged with the first-degree murder of Lori’s children and could face the death penalty if convicted.
He is also accused of the murder of his ex-wife Tammy Daybell, 49, who died in “suspicious circumstances” in 2019.
He has since pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is being held without bail while awaiting trial.
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