Lori Vallow deemed unfit to stand trial

REXBURG, Idaho — Lori Vallow, the Idaho woman accused of murdering her children, has been ruled unfit to stand trial.

Court records obtained by East Idaho News show Vallow was found not competent to proceed following a psychological assessment. The court also recommended she receive “restorative treatment.”

Earlier this week, Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell were both indicted on charges of conspiracy, murder and grand theft in the deaths of Vallow’s two youngest children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ Vallow” and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan.

Daybell was also charged with one count of murder in connection to the death of his late wife, Tammy Daybell, just weeks before his marriage to the co-defendent.

The indictment, released Tuesday, doesn’t reveal any details of how the three victims died. But it does say that both Daybell and Vallow endorsed and espoused specific religious beliefs in order to justify or encourage the killing of the two children. They were missing for several months starting in 2019 until authorities last year when found their bodies buried on Daybell’s property.

Both Vallow and Daybell have been in jail for months awaiting trial on charges including conspiracy or destruction of evidence after prosecutors said they conspired to hide the childrens’ remains. But the indictment released Tuesday marked the first time murder charges have been brought in the case.

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