Cult member and accused child killer Lori Vallow found not competent to stand trial


May 27 2021, Updated 2:17 p.m. ET

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Cult member and accused murderer Lori Vallow was found not competent to stand trial, according to a judge's order.

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A court order submitted on May 27 notes that Vallow underwent a psychological exam at her lawyers' request. A copy of the order has been posted on social media.

The review found Vallow was not competent to stand trial. As a result, her case has been put on hold.

The decision doesn't mean she will never face trial in connection to the murder of her children Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow. She could be reexamined at a later date and found to be competent. 

Competency means Lori Vallow understands the charges and can help her lawyers in her defense. 

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Earlier this week, an Idaho grand jury indicted Lori Vallow on two counts of murder in connection to the children's deaths. Her husband Chad Daybell was also indicted for the children's killings and the murder of his ex-wife Tammy Daybell.

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Lori Vallow at an earlier court hearing

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The children were last seen alive in September 2019 and their case became a national sensation. The couple left their Idaho home area as police questioned them in connection to the children’s whereabouts and the death of Tammy Daybell, who died a few days before Chad Daybell got remarried, according to media reports.

The children’s remains were found on the Daybell property in Fremont County, Idaho, during the summer of 2020.

Police have not revealed how the children died, but the indictment indicated a connection to the couple’s religious beliefs, according to reports. Chad Daybell was an alleged cult leader and ex-grave digger.


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