‘Cult mom’ Lori Vallow indicted by grand jury for conspiracy to commit murder in late husband’s death

A Maricopa grand jury in Arizona has indicted Lori Vallow on conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the death of her former husband.

On April 1, Chandler Police submitted an investigation to the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office in the death of Charles Vallow. The grand jury indicted Lori Vallow on Tuesday.

Charles Vallow died in July 2019 after an argument at the Chandler, Arizona home where Lori and her children were living following the marital separation. Vallow’s brother Alex Cox was present, and fatally shot Charles during a purported altercation, claiming self-defense. Cox was never charged in Charles Vallow’s death and died himself later that year, of reported natural causes.

JJ Vallow, Tylee Ryan and their uncle Alex Cox

In Idaho alone, Vallow is facing two counts of murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of her children and Daybell’s former wife Tammy Daybell. Vallow’s children Tylee Ryan, 16, and JJ Vallow, 7, disappeared in September 2019. Vallow never reported her children missing. Their remains were found in June 2020, buried on Chad Daybell’s property in Salem, Idaho.

Chad and Tammy Daybell/Facebook

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Daybell has been charged with his wife’s murder. Tammy Daybell died suddenly in October 2019, two weeks before Vallow and Chad Daybell married. Authorities in Idaho were not initially suspicious of Tammy Daybell’s death, and the family refused an autopsy. Two months later, in December 2019, authorities exhumed Tammy Daybell’s body. The medical examiner has not publicly released her cause of death.

Last month Vallow was deemed incompetent to stand trial. She’s currently being treated at a mental health facility, Fox 10 reports. She will be re-evaluated after treatment to determine if trial proceedings can continue.

Daybell has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

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Correction: A previous version of this story mistakenly stated that Lori Vallow is being investigated in the death of her brother Alex Cox. Cox’ s death is not being treated as a homicide. 

[Feature Photo: Lori Vallow/Handout]