IDAHO, USA — It's a story that's been on the Top 12 list for the second year in a row. We’re talking about the disturbing case of Lori Vallow Daybell, accused of killing her kids and having a hand in several other deaths here in the Valley and beyond.
This year brought more charges for Vallow Daybell and her husband Chad, shocking new evidence, plus some new insight into their alleged doomsday cult.
Investigators started searching for Vallow Daybell's children, Tylee and JJ, in December 2019 after Vallow Daybell moved them from Arizona to Idaho a few months earlier in September. The children's bodies were found buried in Chad Daybell's backyard in Fremont County, Idaho in June 2020.
Here’s a look back on the twists and turns this year.
- Gilbert police close its case into Alex Cox’s death and support the Medical Examiner's findings that he died of natural causes. Cox is Lori Vallow Daybell's brother. It's suspected he was involved with the disappearances of Lori's children and other deaths linked to the couple. He died at his home in Gilbert in December 2019.
- Phoenix Police complete review of Joseph Ryan’s 2018 death investigation. Ryan is Lori Vallow Daybell's third husband and Tylee Ryan's biological father. Police decided to review the case in light of other allegations and charges surrounding Lori Vallow Daybell. Phoenix police decided not to reopen the case.
- Idaho officials charge Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell with murder in the deaths of Tylee and JJ, among other related charges. Chad is also charged with murder in the death of his first wife, Tammy Daybell, who died at the Daybell home in Idaho in October 2019.
- Lori Vallow Daybell is deemed not competent for trial and her case is paused pending a mental health review
- Chandler police submit charges to County Attorney for Charles Vallow’s death. Lori's fourth husband, Charles Vallow, died in July 2019 after Lori's brother, Alex Cox, shot him outside their home in Chandler.
- Chad Daybell pleads “not guilty” to charges in Idaho
- Lori Vallow Daybell is indicted in Maricopa County for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in former husband Charles Vallow's death. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office declined to file charges for Chad Daybell, although Chandler Police say they submitted a case for him, too.
- The 12 News I-Team uncovers Arizona's Department of Child Safety had a history with the Vallow family.
- Lori Vallow Daybell is still found not competent for trial. A judge ruled she undergo a six-month review. In the meantime, her case in Idaho remains on pause.
- Chandler police release the full case file into Charles Vallow's death. This includes new evidence, interviews with Lori Vallow Daybell, Alex Cox, Tylee Ryan, and others in Lori's inner circle
- Lori Vallow Daybell's attorney accuses an Idaho hospital worker of trying to manipulate the case; both sides continue to argue this allegation in court
- Gilbert police finish investigation into October 2019 shooting at Brandon Boudreaux, Lori Vallow Daybell's niece's ex-husband. Gilbert Police recommended attempted murder charges for Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell. Police said Lori's brother, Alex Cox, would also be charged if he wasn't dead. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is still reviewing the case and determining if it will file charges.
Chad Daybell’s trial is set for January 2023
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