‘Cult Mom’ Trial Verdict Will Be Livestreamed by the Court, Judge Says

The Idaho judge presiding over Lori Daybell Vallow’s triple murder trial ruled on Tuesday that the verdict will be livestreamed even though video coverage was prohibited during the evidence phase of the trial.

East Idaho News obtained District Judge Steven Boyce’s order, which stated that a video feed would be on the Ada County court’s YouTube channel and website when a verdict is reached. As a result, a September 2022 memorandum that barred filming during the trial would be modified after closing arguments.

The order emphasized that the existing order is not rescinded, but that the court would broadcast the verdict with its own devices and equipment — meaning the media is still barred from filming the trial, even at the verdict phase.

Lori Vallow is currently standing trial for the 2019 slayings of her two children, Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow, and the murder of her fifth husband’s wife, Tammy Daybell. Her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, is facing the same charges but will stand trial at a later date.

Lori Vallow’s children were missing for nine months before their remains were discovered on Chad Daybell’s property in June 2020. J.J.’s body was reportedly found in a plastic bag that was wrapped in plastic. His face, arms, wrists, and feet were wrapped with duct tape. Ryan’s burned remains were on the property, though her entire body was not intact.

Prior testimony revealed that J.J. was suffocated with a plastic bag and duct tape. Ryan’s cause of death was undetermined due to the condition of her remains.

Lori Vallow has said she was with Melanie Gibb, David Warwick, or her husband when her son and daughter died in her brother’s apartment in Rexburg, Idaho. She allegedly said she was at her residence, also in Rexburg. She claimed she was in Hawaii when Tammy was killed at her husband’s home in Salem, Idaho. She stated she was with two other people at the time.

Lori Vallow — 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. She underwent psychiatric treatment twice before she was deemed fit to stand trial.

The trial continues. 

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