Lori Vallow Daybell is an American woman who was found guilty of all criminal charges in a Boise, Idaho courtroom on May 12, 2023.
She was accused of the murders of her two children, Tylee Ryan and Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, as well as the death of her husband, Charles Vallow.
Vallow’s case began in February 2020, when she was arrested in Hawaii on charges of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children.
She was extradited to Idaho, where her bail was initially set at $5 million. In May, she appeared in court to request a reduction in her bail, but her request was denied.
On June 9, 2020, police found human remains buried in Chad Daybell’s backyard. Daybell was arrested later that day for obstruction or concealment of evidence and later charged with felony murder. His bail was set at $1 million.
On July 2, 2020, prosecutors dropped two charges against Lori related to desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. They instead charged her with obstruction or concealment of evidence regarding her children’s remains.
On May 25, 2021, Chad and Lori were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft by deception for the deaths of Tylee, J.J., and Tammy Daybell. Lori was also charged with grand theft related to Social Security Survivor benefits. Chad faced an insurance fraud charge related to a life insurance policy he had on Tammy Daybell for which he was the beneficiary and received funds after her death.
On May 27, 2021, Lori was found incompetent and unfit to stand trial, and her case was stayed. She has since been deemed competent to stand trial after mental health treatment, incompetent, and again competent.
On May 12, 2023, Lori Vallow Daybell was found guilty of all criminal charges. She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.