Lori Vallow’s Niece Testifies at Chad Daybell Trial on Monday

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BOISE — More religious nuances and depictions of Chad Daybell’s doctrine were discussed at length Monday during day 17 of his murder trial.

Melani Pawlowski, the niece of Daybell’s current wife Lori Vallow, and Pawlowski’s husband, Ian, each took to the stand, testifying about their experiences with Daybell and Vallow, specifically referring to their unusual religious beliefs and practices.

Daybell is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree murder, insurance fraud and grand theft in connection to the deaths of Vallow’s children — 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old J.J. Vallow — and Daybell’s late wife, Tammy Daybell. Daybell’s current wife, Lori Vallow, was charged with the same crimes last year and was found guilty on all counts. Daybell faces the death penalty if he’s convicted.

Both Daybell and Vallow were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Daybell wrote several books loosely based on LDS teachings, his later works focusing on the “last days” or the end of times, which he believed would come before the second coming of Jesus Christ. Daybell was excommunicated from the LDS church in 2019.

J.J. was last seen alive on Sept. 22, 2019 and his sister Tylee was last seen alive on Sept. 8, 2019. Tammy Daybell died on Oct. 19, 2019. Vallow and Daybell were married shortly after, on Nov. 5, 2019. J.J. and Tylee’s remains were discovered in Daybell’s backyard when it was searched on June 9 and 10, 2020.

Melani had moved to Rexburg in the first week of November 2019, she said during her testimony. Daybell told her not to speak to Rexburg Police Dets. Ray Hermosillo or Dave Hope. She listened to Daybell’s advice, particularly after he had told her that her ex-husband was tracking her car, which turned out to be accurate, Melani testified.

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