Idaho prosecutors said on Thursday that they plan to prove that Lori Vallow Daybell not only intentionally killed her two children in 2019 but was an active participant in their murders.
According to East Idaho News, Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood and Fremont County Prosecuting Attorney Lindsey Blake wrote that the “sufficient evidence” also shows Vallow Daybell, 49, intentionally killed her husband’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, in October 2019. Vallow Daybell’s husband, Chad Daybell, is facing the same charges in connection with the three slayings.
Their comments were in response to a motion filed by Vallow’s defense team in which they sought to take the death penalty off the table on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
Vallow Daybell said she was with Melanie Gibb, David Warwick or Chad Daybell when her son and daughter, Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, died in her brother’s apartment in Rexburg, Idaho. Vallow Daybell allegedly said she was at her residence, also in Rexburg.
Joshua and Tylee’s remains were found on Chad Daybell’s property in June 2020, nine months after they vanished.
Further, Vallow Daybell claimed she was in Hawaii when Tammy Daybell was killed at her husband’s home in Salem, Indiana. Vallow Daybell stated she was with two other people at the time.
Vallow Daybell has asked District Judge Steven Boyce’s permission to be in contact with her husband before their joint trial.
Vallow Daybell — who is believed to have been involved in a so-called doomsday cult — allegedly told a friend that her children had become zombies and the only way to exorcise their bodies of evil spirits was to kill them.
Vallow Daybell is also charged in Arizona with conspiracy to commit murder for the death of her first husband, Charles Vallow, who was fatally shot by Vallow Daybell’s brother in 2019.
East Idaho News reported that Vallow Daybell and her husband’s joint trial is expected to begin in Ada County on April 3. They face the death penalty if convicted.
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