Daybells indicted by Grand Jury on charges related to three deaths

SAINT ANTHONY, Idaho. — Prosecutors in Fremont County, Idaho announced Grand Jury indictments for Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Daybell, with charges related to the deaths of Tammy Daybell, Tylee Ryan and Joshua Jaxon (JJ) Vallow.

According to the indictment, the couple is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree and two counts of grand theft by deception for the deaths of Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow.

They are also being charged with conspiracy to commit the first-degree murder of Tamara “Tammy” Daybell, Chad Daybell’s wife at the time of the murder. Chad Daybell is being charged with the first-degree murder of Tammy. He is also being charged with two counts of insurance fraud.

The indictment also names Alex Cox as a co-conspirator in the case. According to The Associated Press, Cox died in December of 2019, and the former spouses of both Chad Daybell and Lori Daybell also died in 2019.

Tylee and JJ went missing in September of 2019. Their bodies were found on Chad Daybell’s property in June of 2020.

The story gained national traction after the two children went missing. The indictment states the couple’s religious beliefs and teachings for the purpose of justifying the homicides of all three victims. According to The Associated Press, court documents revealed that Lori believed her kids were “zombies and that she was on a mission to rid the world of such creatures.”

Fremont County Prosecutor Lindsey Blake, Madison County Prosecutor Rob Wood and their deputies presented evidence to the Grand Jury connected to all three homicides, today Tuesday, May 25. The prosecutors presented evidence that the crimes were committed as part of a criminal conspiracy that includes financial crimes.


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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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