‘Doomsday’ cult mom Lori Vallow likely to be charged with ex-husband’s death

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“Doomsday” cult mom Lori Vallow-Daybell, who is at the center of an Idaho case connected to the deaths of her two children, will likely be charged in Arizona with the 2019 fatal shooting of her ex-husband, according to media reports.

Chandler police plan to refer the case involving the killing of Charles Vallow to the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office within six months — and the charges will likely include conspiracy to commit murder, spokesman Sgt. Jason McClimans told Fox News Thursday.

He added that detectives are still combing through 100,000 pieces of digital data. Vallow was killed by his wife’s brother, Alex Cox, during a confrontation in Phoenix in July 2019.

Cox, who claimed he shot his brother-in-law in self-defense, died in December of natural causes.

“Lori has always been a person of interest in this investigation,” McClimans told Fox News. “With regards to this charge, Lori was not the person who shot Charles, as it was already determined Alex Cox did.”

Vallow had been seeking a divorce from his wife after she became involved in the Preparing a People cult, a Doomsday prepper group.

The latest twist in the bizarre saga comes after Vallow-Daybell and Chad Daybell, whom she later married, were charged in Idaho in connection to the deaths of her two children Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan, 17.

A memorial for Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow in Rexburg, Idaho.
A memorial for Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow in Rexburg, Idaho.John Todd Ogden / Shutterstock

JJ, who Vallow and his wife adopted before their split, and Ryan, Vallow-Daybell’s daughter from another relationship, were found last June in shallow graves on Daybell’s property in Rexburg, Idaho.

FBI agents and local police described at a hearing earlier this week the grisly excavation of little JJ’s decomposing corpse and Ryan’s charred and dismembered remains, which had been buried in a pet cemetery.

Vallow-Daybell allegedly told a friend that the children had become zombies and the only way to expel the evil spirits from their bodies was to kill them.

Daybell has written several books on the apocalypse and the Second Coming of Christ.

Meanwhile, Idaho authorities are also probing the suspicious death of Daybell’s wife, Tammy, who died weeks before he married Vallow-Daybell in Hawaii last November.

The couple are each being held on $1 million bond on charges they destroyed, altered or concealed evidence related to the children’s tragic deaths. Their cases are headed to trial.

JJ and Ryan were last seen in September and concerned relatives alerted authorities to their disappearance, prompting the investigation that led to the gravesites on Daybell’s property.

Chandler police and the Maricopa County DA’s office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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