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A date has been set for the competency evaluation of Doomsday cult mom Lori Vallow.
Vallow — whose trial has been suspended surrounding questions about whether she’s mentally fit to stand trial — is expected to undergo a competency evaluation on Wednesday, according to court documents obtained by Fox News.
Vallow had been scheduled to go to trial in January, alongside husband Chad Daybell, for the deaths of her two children,16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow; however, her trial was suspended last month by Judge Steven W. Boyce until her “competency to stand trial can be determined,” according to court documents previously obtained by Oxygen.com.
Weeks later, Boyce also agreed to delay Daybell’s trial after his defense team had argued in court documents that a “substantial amount of trial investigation and preparation and a significant amount of discovery” was still outstanding in the case.
Vallow’s competency has been an ongoing issue in the criminal case and was first called into question in May 2021, when Boyce determined after reviewing a psychological assessment that the Idaho mom was “not competent to proceed,” according to court documents.
She spent nine months receiving treatment at a mental health facility before her competency was restored in April, after which the trial once again began to move forward. Yet, it has now been delayed once again as the defense and prosecution await the results of the upcoming evaluation.
Vallow is accused of embracing a bizarre set of religious beliefs and prescribing to ideas allegedly embraced by Daybell, a religious doomsday author and speaker, in the months leading up to the children’s deaths.
Those close to Vallow told investigators that she had become convinced that some of her close family members, including her fourth husband Charles Vallow and two youngest children, had turned into “zombies,” a term she used to describe people who had been taken over by dark spirits, court documents allege.
Vallow and Daybell allegedly believed it was their mission to “rid the world of zombies,” according to a probable cause statement in the case.
In addition to the first-degree murder and conspiracy charges Vallow and Daybell are facing in Tylee and JJ’s deaths — to which they have both pleaded not guilty — the couple is also facing charges connected to the death of Daybell’s first wife Tammy, who died in October 2019.
Vallow is also facing conspiracy to commit murder charges in Arizona for the July 2019 death of her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, who was shot to death by Vallow's now-deceased brother, Alex Cox, in an alleged act of self-defense.
While Daybell and Vallow were initially expected to stand trial together, his attorneys have filed a motion to separate the two cases. The motion is expected to be discussed at a hearing scheduled for Nov. 10.
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