Prosecution withdraws dispute of Lori Daybell’s competency to stand trial

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FILE – In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Lori Vallow Daybell, left, glances at the camera during her hearing, in Rexburg, Idaho. In an indictment, Monday, May 24, 2021, Daybell, the mother of two children who were found dead in Idaho, in 2020, and her new husband were charged with murder in a case involving doomsday religious beliefs. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, Pool, File)

FREMONT, Idaho (ABC4) – Prosecutors are no longer disputing the findings of a psychologist who determined that Lori Daybell was not competent to stand trial, according to court documents obtained by ABC4.

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The documents indicate “the State further does not object to a medical physician’s evaluation and diagnosis of the Defendant with a corresponding treatment plan for the purpose of restoring the Defendant’s competence.”

A psychological assessment, previously conducted by a licensed clinical psychologist, “determined that at this time, [Lori Vallow] is not competent to proceed, and recommends restorative treatment,” according to court documents obtained by ABC4.

A grand jury recently indicted Lori Daybell, along with her husband Chad Daybell, for the deaths of Chad’s ex-wife, Tammy Daybell, and the couple’s children, Tylee Ryan, and Joshua “JJ” Vallow.

These new charges include a third co-conspirator – Lori Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox. He allegedly shot and killed Vallow’s ex-husband Charles Vallow in Chandler, Ariz, in July 2019. Police ruled it as self-defense.

Months later, in December, Cox died in his Arizona home. According to the autopsy, he died of natural causes.

View the full timeline on this case here.

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