Lori Vallow Daybell indicted in Arizona in death of estranged husband
Jun 29, 2021, 3:17 PM | Updated: 5:22 pm
(Kauai Police Department via AP)
PHOENIX — Maricopa County prosecutors announced Tuesday they charged Lori Vallow Daybell in the death of her estranged husband, who was fatally shot about two years before she was indicted in Idaho for murder in the death of her two children.
Vallow Daybell was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of Charles Vallow, who was fatally shot by Alex Cox, Vallow Daybell’s late brother, on July 11, 2019, in what Cox said was a case of self-defense.
The indictment said that Vallow Daybell “agreed with Alexander Cox that at least one of them or another would engage in conduct constituting the offense of first degree murder.”
Chandler police submitted its investigation into Vallow’s death to the county attorney’s office on April 1.
“Complex, difficult cases of this nature take time to properly investigate and solve,” Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said in a press release.
“I appreciate the tremendous number of hours the dedicated officers of the Chandler Police Department have invested and my office is equally committed to bringing those responsible for Charles Vallow’s death to justice.”
Charles had expressed concerns about Lori’s mental state when he filed for divorce in February of that year.
Cox wasn’t charged before he collapsed and died in Gilbert on Dec. 12, 2019. The county medical examiner said Cox, 51, had blood clots in his lungs and died of natural causes.
Shortly after Charles Vallow’s death, Lori Vallow Daybell — then still Lori Vallow — and her children moved to Idaho to live with Chad Daybell.
Vallow Daybell and Daybell were each indicted by an Idaho grand jury on charges of conspiracy, murder and grand theft in connection with the deaths of Vallow Daybell’s two youngest children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan.
Chad Daybell was also charged with one count of murder and insurance fraud in connection with the death of his late wife, Tammy Daybell, just weeks before his marriage to Lori.
The Idaho indictment, released Tuesday, doesn’t reveal any details of how the three victims died. But it does say that both Daybell and Vallow Daybell endorsed and espoused specific religious beliefs in order to justify or encourage the killings.
The children were missing for several months starting in 2019 until last year when authorities found their bodies buried on Chad Daybell’s property.
If convicted in Idaho, the Daybells could face life in prison or the death penalty.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.