Idaho judge: Mother accused in child’s murder now fit for trial

BOICE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho judge ruled Monday that a mother charged with conspiracy to kill her children, the wife of her husband and boyfriend, is now mentally capable to stand trial on certain charges in Idaho. .

Daybell and her new husband, Chad Daybell, face multiple charges in a complicated case involving “zombies” and allegations of bizarre spiritual beliefs involving doomsday prophecies.

Prosecutors have said that Lowry and Chad Daybell professed religious beliefs in an attempt to encourage or justify the killings.

The case against him was put on hold for months after Judge Steven Boyce ordered him to be committed to a mental facility so that he could undergo treatment in an effort to be mentally fit enough to aid his defence.

Boyce’s new order says Lori Vallow Daybell “has been reinstated of merit and is fit to proceed” in the Idaho murder case. They did not provide any other information about his treatment or mental condition.

He is due to appear in court formally next week and both Lori and Chad Daybell are set to go to trial together early next year.

Tare charged with conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Lori Daybell’s children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan, as well as Chad Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell.

Lori Daybell has also been charged with plotting to kill her ex-married husband, Charles Vallow, in Arizona with the help of her now-deceased brother, Alex Cox.

Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty to the charges and Lori Daybell has yet to file a plea. Chad Daybell’s attorney, John Pryor, declined to comment on the case. Lori Daybell’s attorney, Jim Archibald, did not immediately respond to voice and email messages requesting comment.

An indictment said that in 2018 Chad and Lori Daybell began spying on an apocalyptic system of religious belief while marrying other people.

According to an indictment in Arizona, Lori Daybell’s brother Alex Cox shot and killed her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, in suburban Phoenix.

Cox insisted that the shooting was in self-defense, and was never charged. At the time, Charles Vallow was seeking a divorce, saying that his wife believed she had become a god-like figure responsible for heralding the end of biblical times. Cox later died of an apparent blood clot in his lung.

Shortly after Charles Vallow’s death, Lori Daybell—whose last name was Vallow—and her children moved to the rural East Idaho community of Rexburg, where Chad Daybell lived. At the time, Chad Daybell was married to Tammy Daybell. She died in October of 2019, and her obituary stated that the death was of natural causes.

Authorities became suspicious, however, when Chad and Lori Daybell married only two weeks later, and investigators exhumed Tammy Daybell’s body for an autopsy. Officials have not released the cause of his death.

Police began searching for Lori Daybell’s youngest two children in November after relatives raised concerns. The Daybells quickly left the city, and months later were found without children in Hawaii.

Investigators later found the bodies of JJ and Tilley buried in Chad Daybell’s yard back in Idaho. They did not disclose the cause of death, but court documents said Tilley’s body was partially burned.

Friends of the Daybells told investigators that the couple believed people could become “zombies” if they possessed evil spirits, a condition in which their spirits were trapped in the balance, according to the police report. According to police reports, the couple reportedly believed that the only way to get rid of a zombie was the death of their body.

A friend of the couple, Melanie Gibb, told investigators that Lori Daybell referred to their youngest children as “zombies,” and that police in Arizona said the couple exchanged text messages saying Tammy Daybell was a man. The dark spirit was possessed.

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