Lawyers for Idaho mother Lori Vallow are asking a judge to order the state to share all evidence related to Vallow's case, local outlets report.
Vallow is facing a number of charges in connection to the disappearance of her two children, 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan — neither of whom have been alive since September.
After ignoring a court order earlier this year to produce the children, Vallow was later arrested and charged with two felony counts of desertion of a child, in addition to misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime, and contempt, the Madison County Prosecuting Attorney’s office said.
As Vallow’s case moves forward, her attorney, Mark Means, has filed a request for discovery asking for prosecutors to share evidence in the case, including recordings of interviews with police and any relevant cellphone data, local outlet azfamily.com reports. Means has reportedly also requested a number of autopsy and toxicology reports, including those regarding the deaths of Vallow's first two husbands, her brother, and her husband Chad Daybell’s former wife, Tammy Daybell.
Means has asked prosecutors to hand over Vallow’s financial records and to share two years’ worth of information related to Lori’s personal communication, including emails recovered from her computer, posts that she made on social media, and information gleaned from dating websites, the East Idaho News reports.
Vallow's lawyers are also seeking the names of all authorities who were involved in the investigation, as well as any communication between those parties, according to the outlet. Also requested are numerous documents regarding people tangentially related to the case, like J.J. Vallow’s grandparents.
The request, filed on April 2, asks for all of the aforementioned information to be provided to Means’ office within 15 days, according to the East Idaho News. In a separate filing on the same day, Means also asked for Vallow’s bail to be reduced yet again. Her bail, initially set at $5 million, had later been reduced to $1 million. In turn, prosecutors on Tuesday filed an objection to that motion, pointing to the fact that Vallow has still not adhered to the court order to produce her missing children, the website reports.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of J.J. and Tylee Vallow has attracted national attention. Soon after police began investigating and announced their belief that the two children’s lives were in danger, Vallow and her new husband, Chad Daybell, moved to Hawaii, even as the children's loved ones pleaded for their safe return.
The children’s disappearance came in conjunction with a string of unusual deaths surrounding the newlywed couple.
Vallow’s fourth husband, Charles Vallow, was shot and killed in July by her brother Alex Cox during some type of confrontation, NBC News reports. Cox himself died in December.
Before Charles Vallow was killed, he had filed for divorce from Lori and claimed in court filings that she believed she was a reincarnated god whose purpose was to lead people during the second coming of Jesus in July 2020.
Chad Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell, also died in October in what investigators now believe may have been suspicious circumstances.
Chad Daybell is a religious author who often wrote about preparing for the end of the world, according to PEOPLE.
Vallow is scheduled to next appear in court on May 7, according to azfamily.com.
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