WATCH LIVE: ‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow In Court Today, Will Trial Go Forward?

Update: 5:20 E.T.

Judge Steven Boyce said at a status conference Monday that he will temporarily extend Lori Vallow’s psychiatric commitment for one week, and expects a complete status report from her doctors by that time. The judge said at Monday’s status conference that he received only letters to request the extension, which did not include adequate details about Vallow’s commitment and treatment.

The next hearing will take place on September 8 at 1:30 p.m. MT.


The Idaho mother charged in the deaths of her two children is expected to appear virtually in court on Monday, and a judge could make a decision about if and when Vallow’s case will go to trial.

Vallow is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of her children, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old JJ Vallow, as well as her husband Chad Daybell’s former wife Tammy Daybell, who died suddenly in October 2019, just weeks before Daybell and Vallow married. The remains of Vallow’s children were found on Chad Daybell’s property in Salem, Idaho, in June 2020; nine months after they were last seen alive. Daybell is also facing multiple conspiracy counts, as well as a murder charge in his wife’s death.

In May, Idaho’s Seventh Judicial District Judge Steven Boyce ruled that Vallow was not competent to stand trial at that time. Boys recommended “restorative treatment,” and said he would re-evaluate Vallow’s case after she was treated at a psychiatric facility. Monday’s hearing is expected to evaluate the treatment progress thus far.

Daybell is also due in court later Monday, but his hearing is completely closed to cameras and reporters.

Watch Vallow’s status conference live starting at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT.

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast.

[Feature image:Lori Vallow in court/John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, Pool]