Judge: Lori Vallow still unfit for trial, time in state mental hospital extended

Family Voiced Suspicions About Woman Accused In 4 Killings
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FILE — This March 6, 2020, file photo, shows Lori Vallow Daybell, left, during a hearing in Rexburg, Idaho. Daybell, who is already charged in Idaho with murder conspiracy in the deaths of her daughter and son, was also charged in Arizona with conspiring to murder her estranged husband Charles Vallow in 2019. In the months after her husband’s death, Lori Vallow Daybell aroused suspicions among relatives, who told investigators that she believed a demon had overcome her estranged spouse.

ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (AP) — A judge has decided an Idaho woman charged with conspiring with her new husband to kill her two children is still not fit to participate in her own court proceedings.

District Judge Steven Boyce made the decision Wednesday to extend Lori Vallow Daybell’s time in a state mental hospital by at least 180 days.

The East Idaho News reports Daybell was committed to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on June 8 after a mental health professional said she was not competent to stand trial. Last month, Boyce asked for a progress report on her condition after getting letters asking for her commitment to be extended.

Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder, among other crimes. The charges are in relation to the deaths of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan — two of Lori’s kids — and Chad’s first wife, Tammy Daybell.

Chad Daybell also appeared during the Zoom hearing with his attorney John Prior to discuss moving his November trial to a later date.

Boyce said the prosecution and defense still need to continue the exchange of evidence and a change of venue hearing still needs to be held.

The complex case began in 2018, according to the indictment, when Chad and Lori Daybell — both still married to other people — began espousing their apocalyptical system of religious belief.

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