Is Lori Vallow-Daybell competent to stand trial?
That question will be discussed at 9 a.m., June 16, via videoconference as her lawyers and prosecutors meet with Seventh District Judge Steven Boyce to determine whether she is fit for trial.
Vallow-Daybell is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and the murders involving her two children Tylee Ryan, 17, and J.J. Vallow, 7. The state is also charging her with grand theft for continuing to receive Social Security benefits for the children after they went missing in September 2019. Family members reported them missing the following November.
Vallow-Daybell and her attorney, Mark Means, Madison County Prosecutor Rob Wood and Fremont County Prosecutor Lindsey Blake will attend the meeting.
On March 25, Wood and Blake held a press conference where they formally charged Vallow-Daybell and her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, with a total of nine counts. Those charges included murder, theft, and insurance fraud. The following day the couple was to meet with Boyce where he was to read the charges.
Both Chad and Lori attended the meeting, but Lori declined to have the charges read to her as she claimed “exigent circumstances” meaning there was some type of emergency preventing her from continuing.
The following day, the court reported a psychologist determined that Lori was not competent to stand trial.
“The completed assessment determined that at this time, the Defendant is not competent to proceed and recommends restorative treatment,” Boyce said.
Wood opposed the initial conclusion of incompetence of Vallow-Daybell. As a result, Boyce ordered a hearing to determine if Lori is competent to stand trial.
As more information is gathered, the Standard Journal will update this story.