The Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell trials: Everything to know so far
The case surrounding Chad Daybell & Lori Vallow is a complex web of marriage & murder. As their case develops, more strange & troublesome details emerge. Multiple deaths tied to their names are under investigation and both Daybell & Vallow are facing felony charges.
Suspicions concerning the Daybell & Vallow first arose when worried family members & strangers urged police to investigate the disappearance of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and his 17-year-old sister Tylee Ryan. The investigation deepened when police discovered that the couple’s former spouses also died under mysterious circumstances.
Latest developments in the Daybel & Vallow case have further exacerbated the likelihood of their culpability. Moreover, witness testaments in trial point out the bizarre nature of the suspects. Here are the latest updates on the Lori Vallow & Chad Daybell trials.
In June, the body of young JJ was found on Chad Daybell’s Idaho property. According to the forensics exam, JJ was dressed in red pajamas and stuffed into a black plastic bag – his ankles & wrists were bound by duct tape. A white plastic bag was also duck taped profusely around his head.
Not far from her brother JJ, Tylee’s remains were found in a pet cemetery in Chad’s yard. Authorities found a melted green bucket filled with a mass of scorched flesh & bone. Underneath the bucket a partial human skull was found.
Plenty of suspicious details surround the Daybell & Vallow case. The couple had strange interests and there are “rumors of doomsday cult-like beliefs.” According to Fox29, Lori’s ex-husband Charles Vallow alleged that Lori claimed to be “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020.”
Not to mention, around the disappearance of the children, the couple suddenly moved to Hawaii without them. The shift in location points to obvious unrest & abandonment – along with their refusal to present the children to authorities when summoned.
Moreover, Daybell & Vallow married just two weeks after Daybell’s wife of thirty years “died under circumstances police say may be suspicious” according to USA Today. Lori’s husband is also dead – fatally shot him by her brother, Alex Cox, who claimed it was self-defense. Police are investigating further into both of these cases.
Melanie Gibb’s testimony
Melanie Gibb, a friend of Lori & Chad unearthed some of their strange behavior in her testimony. The couple reportedly asked Gibb not to pick up the phone when police called about the missing children and they encouraged her to lie about their whereabouts.
Gibb also shared a strange conversation she had with Lori Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox. She says: “I asked Al at one point … if I wanted to know where [J.J.] was, and he said I did not want to know and he [J.J.] would not be found.” To which Vallow responded:
“I don’t know why he would say that,” according to Gibb. “I don’t want anybody to know so nobody has to be worried about it, no one has to be questioned about it.”
Prosecutors began to build their case in open court, accusing Chad Daybell & Lori Vallow, of multiple crimes linked to the disappearance & discovery of the bodies of JJ & Tylee. The two are both facing multiple charges.
According to People Magazine, Daybell is being prosecuted on “two felony counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence, and two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.”
Despite the disturbing evidence found on his property, Chad has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him. After a two-day hearing, the judge will rule whether or not Chad will be bound for trial on the charges.
Lori Vallow is also facing similar charges including conspiracy to commit destruction & alteration or concealment of evidence. A preliminary hearing will come after Chad’s verdict. Vallow is currently jailed due to her previous felony on charges of desertion & nonsupport of dependent children.
Lori is also charged for resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, contempt of court and willful disobedience of court process or order for failing to produce the two kids. Yet she has pleaded not guilty to all of these offenses. Neither Chad nor Lori have been charged for the death of their children.