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Lori Daybell found unfit to stand trial in case of children's deaths

Missing Kids-Murder Charges
Posted at 10:41 AM, May 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-27 22:24:08-04

In court documents filed Thursday, officials deemed Lori Daybell unfit to stand trial in Idaho court, following a psychiatric review.

Lori and her husband Chad Daybell are facing several charges in Idaho court in connection to the deaths of Lori's children "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan and Chad's former wife, Tammy.

Take a look at the court filing below.

KTAR Legal Analyst and Valley attorney Monica Lindstrom said because the prosecution doesn't agree with the findings, the state will ask for its own evaluation.

"They'll look to see if she can be treated or not and be brought back into competency, and it's not a question of whether they understand everything. They have to understand the charges against them and they have to be able to help their attorney in their defense," said Lindstrom.

"It could be that she just had a mental breakdown, it could be that she needs medication, it could be that she's so far gone on her religious beliefs or other beliefs that she's not competent, but there is a chance that she could be restored," said Lindstrom.

Lindstrom also says the filings are not the same as insanity.

"This is different than insanity because you could be insane at the time that a crime is committed but still be competent to stand trial. That means you have to understand what the charges are, communicate with your attorney and be able to assist in your defense. That's what it means to be competent to stand trial."

On Thursday, the Chandler Police Department also announced that it has submitted a new charge against Lori Daybell in the death of her former husband Charles Vallow.

A grand jury indicted both Lori and Chad Daybell on additional charges, prosecutors in Idaho told reporters during a Tuesday press conference. In total, there are nine new charges.

In addition to the first-degree murder charges, both were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft by deception in the deaths of both Tylee and Ryan.

The couple faces similar charges in the death of Tammy Daybell, Chad Daybell’s ex-wife, who initially was believed to have died of natural causes, but were later determined to be suspicious. Chad was charged with first-degree murder in her death, as well as insurance fraud.