Lori Vallow Daybell’s Case Takes a Dark New Turn

PHOENIX, AZ – Lori Vallow Daybell, who is currently serving a life sentence in an Idaho prison for the murders of her two children and another woman, has been transferred to an Arizona jail. She faces additional charges in connection with another murder, according to authorities who announced on Thursday.

Sheriff Paul Penzone of Maricopa County confirmed that deputies arrived with Daybell late Wednesday night in Phoenix. The Sheriff’s office released video footage of Daybell’s arrival at the jail, showing her dressed in a blue jumpsuit before being changed into an orange jail uniform for her mugshot.

Daybell is now wanted in Arizona to face charges of conspiring to murder her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, as well as her niece’s ex-husband, Brandon Boudreaux.

In 2019, Daybell lived in a Phoenix suburb with her children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16. At the time, she was estranged from her fourth husband, Charles Vallow. In his divorce filings, Charles claimed that Daybell professed to be a goddess sent to usher in the apocalypse.

Charles Vallow was shot and killed by Daybell’s brother, Alex Cox, during the summer of 2019. Cox said that he acted in self-defense and was never charged. Cox died later that year due to what investigators said were natural causes.

Following Charles Vallow’s death, Daybell and her children relocated to Idaho. Prosecutors allege that she moved to be closer to her then-boyfriend, Chad Daybell and that the couple conspired together to remove any obstacles to their happiness.

Chad Daybell has also been charged in the murders of the two children and his late wife, Tammy Daybell. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

In the weeks following their move to Idaho, Daybell’s two children disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Around the same time, Chad Daybell’s then-wife, Tammy Daybell, died of what was initially believed to be natural causes. However, authorities grew suspicious when Daybell and Chad Daybell married two weeks later. Further investigation revealed that Tammy Daybell had been asphyxiated.

Concerns raised by extended family members about the missing children led to a multi-state police investigation. The children’s bodies were eventually discovered buried in Chad Daybell’s backyard.

Another twist in the case came when Brandon Boudreaux, the ex-husband of Daybell’s niece, reported an attempted shooting. He claimed that someone driving a Jeep, which matched the description of a vehicle previously owned by Charles Vallow, had shot at him outside his home.

The Arizona indictment charges Daybell with conspiring to kill Charles Vallow and Boudreaux. Jim Archibald, who represented Daybell in the Idaho trial, has stated that he will not represent her in the Arizona case. However, he has contacted public defenders in Phoenix, who will assign her legal representation.