Lori Vallow is accused of murdering her two young children.
On Friday, May 12, 2023, Vallow was found guilty of all counts and will likely be looking at a life imprisonment sentence.
Who are Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell?
Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell are an Idaho couple who have been accused of murder.
Born on June 26, 1973, as Lori Cox, she first married at the age of 19.
In 2001, she married her third husband with whom she had a daughter, Tylee, on September 24, 2002.
Lori married a fourth time in 2006 to Charles Vallow.
They adopted his grandnephew Joshua Jaxon (JJ).
Lori’s children Tylee and JJ reportedly vanished in September 2019.
Two months later she married Chad in Hawaii – her fifth husband.
The hairdresser was then arrested in February 2020 after failing to produce proof of life for her missing kids to the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office in January.
The couple never reported the children missing and jetted off to Hawaii soon after investigators questioned them about the kids.
Lori’s family members have accused her of being part of a “doomsday cult” with her husband.
She’s also been connected to the mysterious deaths of three people, including her brother.
Where are they now?
Both Lori Vallow and Chad are incarcerated during their trial, which began on April 3, 2023.
Lori Vallow and her husband are both charged with first-degree murder of her children.
Chad is also charged with the murder of his former wife, Tammy Daybell, 49, who died under “suspicious circumstances” in 2019.
He has since pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is being held without bail while he awaits trial.
In September 2021, a judge ruled that Lori was still not competent to stand trial and will spend another 180 days in a state mental facility.
On October 8, 2022, Vallow’s case was suspended.
A judge ruled that it would resume once her competency could be determined.
On March 21, 2023, a judge ruled that Vallow would not face the death penalty.
The prosecution had motioned for the death penalty, claiming these murders were “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel” and Vallow “exhibited utter disregard for human life”.
But the defendant’s defense team countered by filing a motion to dismiss because of the heavy media coverage the case has garnered.
They argued it could ultimately prejudice a jury’s ruling.
Seventh District Judge Steven Boyce agreed at the hearing that the death penalty is still on the table for Daybell’s case.
Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to murder, conspiracy, and grand theft charges.
This comes after the bodies of Tylee, 16, and JJ, 7, were found at Chad’s Idaho home on June 9, 2020.
On May 5, 2023, Vallow was found guilty of murdering her children and will likely face a life imprisonment sentence.
What happened to Lori’s children Tylee and JJ?
JJ and Tylee disappeared in September 2019 but weren’t reported missing until months later.
JJ was enrolled at Kennedy Elementary School on September 3, 2019, but was “unenrolled” nearly three weeks later after Vallow claimed she was homeschooling him.
Tylee was last seen in Yellowstone Park on September 8, 2019, on a family trip with her mom and uncle Alex Cox.
Lori Vallow initially told cops her children were staying with a family friend in Arizona when police conducted a welfare check at the family home in Rexburg on November 26.
Detectives later determined she lied and discovered that Daybell and Vallow “abruptly vacated their home” when police returned to question them the next day.
The couple reportedly told people Tylee was dead and claimed she had no other younger children, despite having an older son Colby.
In February 2020, unearthed surveillance footage appeared to show Lori dumping children’s items at a storage facility the year prior, around the time she and Daybell fled to Hawaii.
Authorities in Idaho say there’s no sign that JJ and Tylee ever made it to Hawaii.
The “charred remains” of Lori’s children were then found wrapped in plastic bags buried in a pet cemetery on her husband Chad’s property, a court heard.
Investigators made the grisly discovery at Chad’s home on June 9, 2020.
How many times has Lori Vallow been married?
Lori Vallow has been married at least five times over the years.
Her first marriage to an unknown man in 1992 ended in divorce, and she later went on to marry Williams Lagioia, the biological father of Colby, in 1995.
In 2001, Lori Vallow married her third husband Joseph Ryan, Tylee’s biological father.
The pair were together for three years before divorcing in 2004, and KSAZ reported Joseph died of an apparent heart attack in 2018.
Lori Vallow then married Charles Vallow in 2006, and the couple adopted JJ at the suggestion of Charles’ sister Kay Woodcock, who had been caring for the boy at the time.
Dateline reported the family lived in Hawaii for a few years before returning to Arizona in June 2018 – within a year, Charles filed for divorce.
Vallow married her fifth husband Chad in November 2019, weeks after her kids disappeared.
Who is Alex Cox and how did he die?
Alex Cox is Lori’s brother who died from a pulmonary blood clot in December 2019, in Arizona, according to his toxicology report.
Alex fatally shot his sister’s estranged husband Charles Vallow in July 2019, in what he claimed was self-defense, and even shot her third husband with a stun gun in 2007.
Lori Vallow’s brother ultimately pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault against Tylee’s dad.