“CULT mother,” Lori Vallow was declared competent for the murder of her two children, overturning an order issued last month to keep the case alive.
Vallow is accused of the deaths of her two children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, in September 2019.
Your process will now be postponed.
In October, a judge stayed Vallow’s case pending a determination of her competence.
The Idaho District Court’s announcement came after a judge ruled back in June that she was mentally fit to stand trial.
Meanwhile, Vallow’s husband, Chad Daybell, is demanding that his trial be separated from Vallows as she faces the death penalty.
According to Daybell’s attorney, Vallow’s version of events surrounding her children’s deaths will be “very different” from his.
“Our version of the facts of this case will be very different from what Ms. Vallow and her counsel will present,” said John Prior, Daybell’s attorney.
“Our defense is fundamentally different from Ms. Vallow’s and the cases must be separated.
Daybell previously filed a motion to separate the couple’s case in 2021, but the court denied it in March, citing potential sources of prejudice.
His lawyers argued that a joint trial was unfair and that the defendant could not present a “full defense” at a joint trial.
“There is a significant amount of information in this case and the outcome could be that the defendant is executed,” Prior said.
“Given the severity of the consequences, the courts and federal courts have made it a practice to separate capital cases.”
However, Fremont County Prosecutor Lindsey Blake called the request a “last-ditch effort” to be used “when no other remedy is available.”
She argued that a joint process would make better use of government resources.
“This is a 10 week trial. We’re talking about a split that would result in a total of 20 weeks of court proceedings between the two.”
Tylee was last seen on September 8, 2019 on a family trip to Yellowstone National Park, and JJ disappeared on September 22 in Rexburg, Idaho.
For several months, Vallow had claimed her children were safe and living with family members in Arizona, but refused to disclose 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 Vallow’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.
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 Vallow were later indicted by a grand jury on a range of charges related to the children’s deaths, including first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Vallow’s devoted brother Alex Cox is also believed to have been 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 Vallow’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 shot Charles on Vallow’s orders.
THE PROCESS CONTINUES
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.
If convicted, the couple faces the death penalty.
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