How we got here: A timeline leading up to the Lori Vallow Daybell Trial

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BOISE, Idaho — It’s taken three years to get to this point, the start of the trial for Lori Vallow Daybell. She’s the Rexburg mom accused of murder and conspiracy to commit the murders of two of her children, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan. She’s also charged with conspiracy in the death of Tammy Daybell, the former wife of her current husband, Chad Daybell.

Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Daybell are both are facing charges for the three deaths, but they’ll be put on trial separately. It’s Lori who will face a judge and jury starting Monday.

The case spanned from Idaho, to Arizona, to Hawaii, after JJ and Tylee vanished in September of 2019. Their mother, Lori, never reported them missing. Four months later, she and Chad were tracked down in Hawaii in January of 2020, but the mystery and intrigue surrounding the kids’ disappearance started long before the couple were found in Hawaii.


Lori Vallow married Chad Daybell in Hawaii on Nov. 5, 2019. Chad is Lori’s fifth husband. Before that, she was married to Charles Vallow, and they lived in Arizona. In January of 2019, body camera video from Arizona Police shows Charles pleading to officers for Lori to get help, and claiming she was trying to kill him.

Five months later, on July 11, Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, shot and killed Charles, in what Alex claimed was self-defense. The very next month, Lori, Tylee. JJ, Alex and Lori’s niece, Melanie, moved to Rexburg.

At the time, Chad was married to Tammy, and they also lived in Rexburg. By this point, Chad and Lori were believed to have had some type of relationship. Court documents show, they met in 2018 at a religious conference in Utah. Tylee was last seen on Sept. 8, 2019, at Yellowstone with Alex Cox.

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