‘Cult Mom’ Trial: Lori Vallow Smiles in Court as Prosecutors Seek to Submit Murdered Husband’s Phone Data

Idaho prosecutors sought Thursday to have information submitted to the court regarding data found on Lori Vallow Daybell’s deceased husband’s phone.

Vallow Daybell is charged in Arizona with conspiring to kill Charles Vallow, her fourth husband who her brother, Alex Cox, allegedly fatally shot in 2019 (Cox died of natural causes later that year).

In court, the defense raised issues with prosecutors presenting a Powerpoint with the information gathered from Vallow’s phone, according to East Idaho News. The judge agreed with the defense that they did not have time to review the slideshow, which was prepared last week. In turn, the judge is giving the defense the night to review the slideshow and will revisit the issue tomorrow.

East Idaho News reported that during this back and forth, Vallow Daybell turned around to smile at spectators before turning around and looking at prosecutors.

The defense and prosecution have sparred about whether details from the Arizona case can be presented at her current trial.

Vallow Daybell is currently on trial for killing her two children, Tylee Ryan, 16, and J.J. Vallow, 7, in Idaho in 2019, in addition to murdering her current husband’s first wife in 2019. Vallow Daybell’s husband, Chad Daybell, faces the same charges and is being tried separately. He is not charged in Charles Vallow’s death.

In June 2020, Rexburg police found J.J. Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, buried at the pet cemetery on Daybell’s property. Ryan was reportedly dismembered and burned and her remains were located near a burn pit, while J.J. was reportedly in a plastic bag that was wrapped in plastic. His face, arms, wrists, and feet were wrapped in duct tape.

Vallow Daybell said she was with Melanie Gibb, David Warwick, or Chad Daybell when her son and daughter died in her brother’s apartment in Rexburg, Idaho. Vallow Daybell allegedly said she was at her residence, also in Rexburg.

Vallow Daybell claimed she was in Hawaii when Tammy Daybell was killed at her husband’s home in Salem, Idaho. Vallow Daybell stated she was with two other people at the time.

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 underwent psychiatric treatment twice before she was deemed fit to stand trial. She is not facing the death penalty. Cameras are not allowed in the courtroom per a court order.

The trial continues. 

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[Featured image: John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, Pool]