Lori Vallow found guilty of murder in deaths of her kids, husband’s first wife

'Doomsday Mom' Lori Vallow didn't want kids, became obsessed with religion: family

“Doomsday Mom” Lori Vallow Daybell was found guilty of murder and conspiracy in the deaths of her two children and her husband’s first wife.

The verdict was read in the Idaho courtroom after the jury deliberated for just seven hours.

She was also found guilty of multiple counts of grand theft by deception and grand theft.

Before her fate was handed down, Vallow Daybell smiled while chatting with her attorney.

Lori Vallow Daybell glances at the camera during her hearing in Rexburg, Idaho., on March 6, 2020. The investigation started roughly 29 months ago with two missing children. It soon grew to encompass five states, four suspected murders and claims of an unusual, doomsday-focused religious beliefs involving "dark spirits" and "zombies."
Lori Vallow Daybell was found guilty of murder and conspiracy in the deaths of her two children and her husband’s first wife.
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Tylee Ryan and Joshua Vallow
The two children, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, were murdered.

As the verdict was read, she appeared expressionless while her attorneys hung their heads.

During the emotional six-week trial, prosecutors painted Vallow Daybell, 49, as a wannabe cultist driven by “money, power and sex” to kill her daughter Tylee Ryan, 16, and son Joshua “J.J.” Vallow in Sept. 2019.

The children’s remains were unearthed in the backyard of Vallow Daybell’s third husband, doomsday author Chad Daybell, in June 2020.

Vallow Daybell was also accused of plotting with Chad to kill his first wife, Tammy Daybell, who died at their Salem home on Oct. 19, 2019.

Within days of Tammy’s funeral, the couple decamped to Hawaii, where they were married and lived for several weeks before authorities tracked them down in January.

Madison County prosecutor Rob Wood told jurors that Vallow Daybell repeatedly lied about her children’s whereabouts even after she missed a court-appointed deadline to produce them safely.

The court was also forced to endure graphic images of the children’s remains.

Vallow Daybell, Wood argued, killed the children so that she and Chad could start a new, unrestricted life together.

Text messages read in court revealed how the couple planned to “cause pain” to Tylee and J.J., as well as Vallow Daybell’s older son.

Her defense attorney Jim Archibold, however, countered that Chad manipulated Vallow Daybell with his apocalyptic teachings.

A picture of Tylee Ryan (L) and J.J. Vallow is seen on a fence opposite the property where their bodies were found in 2020, on April 4, 2023 in Rexburg, Idaho.
The couple also allegedly believes the world is close to ending.
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“She wanted to be with Chad. They were obviously having an affair…But there was no plan by Lori to kill her kids,” Archibold told the court.

Because of new evidence that was discovered too late to be presented at trial, Vallow Daybell is not facing the death penalty in the case.

Daybell will be tried on similar charges at a later date.

The defense requested the judge poll the jury individually, to which all 12 individuals reaffirmed the convictions.

Following the verdict reading, the judge explained that Vallow Daybell would be remanded to custody as she awaits sentencing, though no date has been set for the hearing.

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