Arizona grand jury indicts Lori Daybell in death of former husband

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-29 22:33:21-04

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Lori Daybell is now officially charged in connection with the death of a fourth person — this time, her then-estranged husband in Arizona.

On Tuesday, Maricopa County announced that a grand jury indicted Daybell on one count of conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Charles Vallow nearly two years ago. The charge is a first-degree felony.

On July 11, 2019, Vallow was shot and killed by Daybell's brother, Alex Cox, who told police he acted in self-defense.

However, the indictment alleges that the siblings purposely planned to kill Vallow.

"[Daybell] agreed with Alexander Cox that at least one of them or another would engage in conduct constituting the offense of First Degree Murder," the indictment reads.

Daybell is also charged for her alleged role in the deaths of her two children, Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow, as well as her current husband's late wife, Tammy Daybell.

Chad and Lori Daybell were married a few months after the death of Charles Vallow, and only weeks after Tammy Daybell's death.

Lori Daybell is currently being treated at a mental health facility after being deemed unfit to stand trial.

Chad Daybell is awaiting trial for his alleged role in the deaths of the two children and his former wife.

Cox, however, will not face any charges as he died in December 2019. His death was ruled as being from natural causes. Investigators also believe he may have played a role in the deaths and burial of the kids based on GPS data from his cell phone in September 2019.