Vallow’s son accuses doomsday mother of murdering siblings in prison
The high-profile trial of “cult doomsday mom” Lori Vallow continues in Boise, Idaho, where she will be charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and grand larceny in the deaths of her daughter Tylee Ryan, 16, and son Joshua “JJ “Vallow, seven.
Tylee and JJ were last seen alive in September 2019. Their bodies were found buried at the property of Ms Vallow’s new husband, Chad Daybell, in June 2020.
Ms Vallow, 49, is also charged with conspiracy to murder Mr Daybell’s first wife Tammy in October 2019.
She has pleaded not guilty to a dramatic case involving multiple murders, unsolved deaths and cult beliefs.
This week the jury heard Ms Vallow’s surviving child Colby Ryan furiously confront his mother in a jail call about the death of his siblings, telling her: “You ripped my heart out!”
The testimony also explained how Ms. Vallow and Mr. Daybell planned a new life together in Hawaii — without children — and how she stole Social Security payments meant for Tylee and JJ.
On Thursday, a friend recalled a visit to Ms. Vallow in Rexburg, Idaho, including the recent sighting of JJ and a chilling warning from Mr. Daybell about Tammy’s death.
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Andrea BlancoApr 20, 2023 10:52 p.m
court is adjourned
Judge Boyce said earlier today the trial would resume Monday at 8:30 a.m. MT as the case is progressing faster than expected.
Andrea BlancoApr 20, 2023 10:49 p.m
The prosecution shows a video recorded by Det Stubbs
Det Stubbs obtained search warrants for three apartments in Lori’s complex after his department failed to locate JJ.
At Lori’s apartment in Rexburg, investigators recovered guns in the apartment’s garage, as well as several army-quality knives and empty magazines for various weapons.
Police also found hazmat-style suits and ever-ready bags containing emergency kits, a camouflage suit, ammunition, guns, silencers, and black garbage bags full of clothing and papers. The search also found toys and items belonging to JJ, including prescription drugs.
Andrea BlancoApr 20, 2023 10:45 p.m
Det Stubbs tells the jury about Lori’s false claims
When Melanie Gibb failed to answer calls from the Arizona Police Department regarding JJ’s whereabouts, Det Stubbs and two other officers returned to Lori’s Rexburg home.
Later that day, Ms Gibb contacted law enforcement and informed them that JJ was not with her.
Det Stubbs testified that there was no evidence that Lori’s relatives tried to kill her to get life insurance money.
He also told the jury Lori’s claims that Tylee was enrolled at Brigham Young University were false.
Andrea BlancoApr 20, 2023 10:24 p.m
Court watches bodycam of Rexburg PD officers confronting Lori
Lori told Rexburg police officers that JJ was in Arizona with her friend Melanie Gibb.
She said Kay Woodstock, JJ’s biological grandmother, tried to get access to the little boy, making Lori’s life difficult in the process.
In the bodycam, Lori is also heard saying that her brother in Arizona, not Alex Cox, tried to kill her.
“Not only were we dealing with a situation where one of these individuals may have been involved in a shooting attempt in Arizona, but the individuals were evasive and lying,” Det Stubbs testified, according to the East Idaho News.
Det Stubbs also told jurors that Lori described Chad as “Alex’s boyfriend,” but at the time authorities knew they had married.
Andrea BlancoApr 20, 2023 10:08 p.m
Det Stubbs says that Rexburg Courthouse police visited Lori’s home in November 2019
The Jeep was eventually towed from the parking lot of Lori’s apartment building, but no one has contacted the police.
On November 26, 2019, investigators returned to Lori’s home in Rexburg to check on JJ’s well-being.
Andrea BlancoApril 20, 2023 21:46