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Lori Vallow's competency restored, court dates to proceed

Lori Vallow Hawaii court appearance
Posted at 9:43 AM, Apr 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-14 18:27:56-04

A judge has ruled Lori Vallow is competent and court proceedings may move forward in her murder case.

The order Monday from the Seventh Judicial District Court in Idaho stated the competency of Vallow Daybell has been restored nearly 10 months after she was found unfit to stand trial and committed to a mental health facility.

She was transferred from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Vallow is currently in custody at Madison County Jail in Rexburg, Idaho.

She will be arraigned on Tuesday, April 19.

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ABC15 talked to JJ's grandfather, Larry Woodcock, on Monday. He said he has serious doubts that Lori was ever mentally incompetent to stand trial.

"She knows how to play the system, and she's good at it," said Woodcock. "Well, hopefully, the day of reckoning has somewhat come into reality to her because she's going to have to answer for four murders."

Woodcock told ABC15 when they found out this morning about the news, he and his wife immediately started booking flights and hotels to be at Lori's arraignment on April 19.

"It's finally a relief that she is going to see us again," he said. "I don't think she really paid any attention to us in the last hearing. But this time, I can promise you, I'll be sitting so close there's no way she's [not] going to be able to know Kay and I, and our family, are there."

In June 2021, an Idaho judge committed Vallow to undergo treatment to restore her mental competency.

Daybell is facing first-degree murder charges for the deaths of her two children JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan.