Lori Vallow hearing: ‘Cult mom’ pleads not guilty to charges for killing her children

The Independent, UK/April 19, 2022

By Gino Spocchia and Justin Vallejo

“Doomsday cult mum Lori Vallow Daybell pled not guilty to the murder of her two children and the former wife of her new husband, Chad Daybell.

Mr Daybell has previously pled not guilty, and the pair could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted on multiple first-degree murder charges.

The pair were charged in May 2021 for conspiracy, murder and grand theft in connection with the deaths of her two youngest children, seven-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan, following their disappearance in September 2019.

Their bodies were found in June 2020 on Mr Daybell’s property, leading to an investigation into the pair, who were allegedly involved in a “Doomsday cult” centred around extreme religious beliefs.

Mr Daybell is also facing charges in the death of his first wife, Tammy Daybell, which took place just two weeks before he married Ms Vallow in November 2019. Ms Vallow is similarly facing charges for the death of her former husband, Charles Vallow, who was fatally shot by her brother in July 2019.

The hearing came after Ms Vallow was recently ruled fit to stand trial after being committed to a mental health facility in Idaho.

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