Six months before Charles Vallow was shot and killed by his brother-in-law, Alex Cox, Charles had complained to officers that his wife, Lori, had threatened him and their children.
The NBC Phoenix affiliate KPNX 12news.com reporter Erica Stapleton states that a police body-camera video shows Charles telling Gilbert, Arizona, police that his estranged wife Lori had warned him that she would hurt him and their children, Tylee, 17, and J.J., 7. The two children have been missing since September.
“She’s threatened me, to murder me, kill me,” he said. “She lost her reality.”
Police asked Vallow how he believed Lori would injure the children.
“I don’t know what she’s going to do with them,” Charles says. “Flee with them. Hurt them.”
Charles also told officers that after returning home from a business trip, Lori had locked him out of their home and had taken his car. He also complained that he had spent two days unsuccessfully trying to reach Lori.
“She’s lost her mind,” Charles tells officers outside his home,
The video showed Charles and police going inside Charles’s home but failed to find Lori or her children inside.
Police told Charles the situation wasn’t a criminal one, and that they weren’t required to have Lori’s mental health checked. Lori later met with officers and claimed she had caught Charles cheating on her and had ordered Charles not to come home. Lori later took and passed a mental health check, reported Stapleton.
In July, Cox shot and killed Charles. Cox died in December of a blood clot.
In 2019, Charles filed for divorce from Lori where he stated she claimed to be a god, and that she was to lead people during Christ’s second coming expected to take place in July 2020. In his divorce filing, Charles also wrote that Lori told him she’d kill him if he got in her way.
“A lawyer who represented Charles during the divorce proceedings said in a statement that (Charles) had a ‘genuine fear for his life,’” reported Stapleton.
Lori is currently being held on a $1 million bond in the Madison County Jail on two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children as well as misdemeanors involving resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court.
She and her new husband, Chad Daybell, are also named as potential defendants in a conspiracy, murder and attempted murder case involving Chad’s first wife, Tammy, who died unexpectedly on Oct. 17.
Chad married Lori two weeks after Tammy died. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting autopsy reports that will determine what killed Tammy. Her death was initially determined to have been a result of natural causes, but the combination of her sudden death, Chad’s quick remarriage and Lori’s missing children caused the Fremont County Sheriff’s office to take a second look at the case and to request an autopsy on Tammy.
Vallow-Daybell is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 9 and July 10 at the Madison County Courthouse.