What's next for convicted child killer Lori Vallow as 'cult mum' faces more murder charges

Lori Vallow Daybell was found guilty of the murders of children JJ Vallow, 7, Tylee Ryan, 16, and her husban'd first wife Tammy Daybell, 49, in Idaho but faces separate charges of conspiracy to commit murder in Arizona

The Mirror, UK/June 10, 2023

By Fiona Leishman

Next month, 'cult mum' Lori Vallow Daybell is set to be sentenced for the murders of her two children, Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow, and her husband's first wife, Tammy Daybell.

But while the case which gripped America was ongoing, the Idaho mum is also facing charges in Arizona.

Vallow Daybell, 49, is set to be sentenced on July 31, after jurors took around seven hours to come to an unanimous decision in the case which shocked a nation.

She was found guilty of the first degree murders of seven-year-old JJ and 16-year-old Tylee, conspiracy to commit first degree murder of JJ, Tylee and Tammy Daybell, 49, and grand theft.

Tylee and JJ were last seen together in September 2019, pictured at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park with Lori and her brother, Alex Cox. Their bodies were discovered after police executed a search warrant at Chad Daybell's home in Salem, Idaho, on June 9, 2020.

JJ was found dressed in red pyjamas and socks, with duct tape over his mouth and a plastic bag around his head.

His arms and legs had been bound together. JJ was found in varying states of decomposition, with one witness describing how he had been wearing a Pull-Ups diaper which was soaked from his rotting corpse.

Tylee's remains were destroyed and burned, unearthed in a melted green bucket. Her remains were described as "just globs of flesh that were falling apart."

Separate to the Idaho trial, Vallow Daybell is facing two separate charges in Arizona. One in relation to the death of her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, and the other in connection with the attempted murder of her niece's ex-husband, Brandon Boudreaux.

Murder of Charles Vallow

Vallow Daybell is facing conspiracy to commit murder charges connection to the murder of her fourth husband, Charles Vallow. The pair had married in 2006, and adopted JJ, the biological son grandson of Vallow Daybell's sister.

But in early 2019, a year after Vallow Daybell met husband-to-be Chad Daybell, the couple became estranged and Charles filed for divorce. He said he feared for the safety of himself and the children, and that Vallow Daybell had threatened to murder him.

He also shared concerns about his wife's mental state, telling investigators she had told him she "was a God assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ's second coming in July 2020 and that if [Charles] got in the way of her mission she would murder him".

Court documents showed Charles had learned about Vallow Daybell's relationship with Chad Daybell that June, and he had emailed Chad's wife Tammy with the information about their relationship.

Charles and one of Vallow Daybell's other brothers were reportedly planning an intervention over her developing cult beliefs at the time of his death - which she's believed to have been tipped off about.

On July 11, 2019, Vallow Daybell's brother, Alex Cox, shot and killed Charles at their home in Chandler, Arizona, after he had gone to pick up JJ when he died.

Cox claimed he acted in self-defence, having gone to confront Charles about alleged abusive behaviour toward Vallow Daybell. It was then that Cox alleged Charles struck him in the head with a bat, before he shot him in return.

However, Cox didn't perform CPR and waited 43 minutes to call 911. Investigators also said Charles was already on the ground when Cox shot him a second time.

Though police investigated the murder, the case didn't get far before Cox died of a blood clot in his lung at the age of 51 on December 12 that year. Almost two years after the killing, a Maricopa County grand jury charged Vallow Daybell with conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.

Attempted murder of Brandon Boudreaux

Vallow Daybell is also facing separate murder conspiracy charges in relation to an alleged attempted murder targeting her niece's former husband. She was handed the indictment by a Maricopa County grand jury in relation to the 2019 incident, during which prosecutors say she conspired to kill her niece's husband, Brandon Boudreaux.

Prosecutors have said Vallow Daybell and Cox had decided that "at least one of them or another would engage in conduct constituting the offense of first-degree premeditated murder" of Brandon. At the time he was married to Vallow Daybell's neice, Melani Pawlowski.

On October 2, 2019, Cox allegedly opened fire on Brandon near his home after he returned from the gym. Brandon survived the incident and went on to testify at Vallow Daybell's trial in Ada County, Idaho, for the murders of JJ, Tylee and Tammy.

He said he had returned from the gym to find a Jeep parked near his house, and testified that he saw Cox in the Jeep. Brandon said he saw Cox roll down the window, point a gun in his direction and fire.

Alex Cox was not charged in the case as he died before charges could be filed.

Vallow Daybell is set to face the conspiracy to commit murder charge after she has been "sentenced and transferred to the Idaho Department of Corrections" say the Maricopa County Attorney's Office announcing her indictment.

Under Arizona law, indictments are sealed until a defendant is served with the document.

Vallow Daybell cannot be extradited and served in Arizona until she has been sentenced on the Idaho case, which has now been set for July 31. In a news conference, Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said the trial remains important, despite Vallow Daybell's conviction in Idaho.

"Holding people accountable for what they've done, giving victims a voice, giving victims recognition for what happened. So it's very important," she said.

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