Lori Vallow Ruled Mentally Competent, to Face Murder Trial in Kids' Deaths

Court proceedings in the murder trial of Lori Vallow Daybell will continue after she was ruled mentally competent on Monday, the East Idaho News reported.

Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell have been accused of killing her children, Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan. The couple was also accused of being behind the killing of Chad Daybell's former wife, Tammy Daybell.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on April 19, the East Idaho News added.

Her restoration to competency moves forward a case awash in uncommon details and circumstances. Court documents released last year said that the couple had a cult-like belief system that included a belief in "zombies" and a "light" or "dark" rating system for people to designate whether they had made a contract with God or Satan.

Lori Vallow Daybell Competency
Court proceedings in the homicide case of Lori Vallow Daybell will continue after she was found mentally competent to stand trial. Above, Daybell appears in court in Lihue, Hawaii, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP

The criminal proceedings were halted after Vallow Daybell was examined by a licensed clinical psychologist and determined to not be mentally competent, KTVB reported. This is because defendants must be able to understand their charges, follow court proceedings and aid their lawyers in their defense under Idaho law, according to the station.

In June of 2021, a judge sent Vallow Daybell to a mental health facility to "restore her competency." She was ordered in September to remain at the facility for another 180 days after a judge declared that she still was not mentally competent.

Her treatment in recent months has been deemed sufficient, according to the court order, which was filed Monday and obtained by a reporter with Arizona's Family.

"Based upon the Court's determination that Defendant Lori Norene Vallow aka Lori Norene Vallow Daybell is restored to competency and is fit to proceed, the Court orders that the Defendant be brought before this Court to be arraigned," the document read.

It added that the order staying the case had been lifted and that Vallow Daybell must be transferred from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to the custody of the Fremont County Sheriff in Idaho. Her arraignment will take place at the Fremont County Courthouse.

Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell are scheduled to go on trial in January of 2023. A judge decided last month that the two would be tried together rather than splitting them up in an effort to save time and money, KTVB reported.

There were also concerns about victims and witnesses having to testify more than once.

Newsweek reached out to an attorney for Lori Vallow Daybell for comment.

Update 4/11/22, 2:10 p.m. ET: This story was updated with additional information and background.