Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell investigated over ‘murder’ of his ex-wife who died two weeks before accused pair wed – The Sun
ACCUSED cult mom Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell are being investigated for murder over the killing of his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell.
A Fremont County prosecutor wrote a letter to the Idaho Attorney General's Office in early April asking for help in the case of Tammy's death.
The AG's office will now assume full responsibility of the case, and with the help of local prosecutors, the AG himself will make all related decisions, according to the East Idaho News.
Tammy died on October 19 and was buried shortly after – a little more than two weeks later, Chad and Lori tied the knot.
Police had suspected Chad of poisoning Tammy and searched his first wife's home in Salem, Idaho in January in hopes of finding evidence.
Although medical examiners at the time ruled Tammy's death was from natural causes, Investigators believed her death was suspicious, Fox 10 reported.
Tammy's body was exhumed on December 11, but the autopsy and toxicology reports have yet to be released, according to the news station.
Lori was arrested in Hawaii last month in connection with her children, adoptive son Joshua "JJ" Vallow and daughter Tylee Ryan.
JJ and Tylee were last seen in September 2019 – police have said Lori and Chad have lied about the kids' whereabouts and even their existence.
Their disappearances have prompted local authorities to reexamine the details surrounding the death and burial of Tammy as well as the death of Lori's ex-husband, Charles Vallow.
Both Chad and Lori have been accused of having cult-like beliefs by JJ's biological grandparents, Larry and Kay Woodcock.
In early April, Lori asked to be released from jail due to the coronavirus, court documents show.
The 46-year-old has also requested to see the autopsy reports for her ex-husbands and Tammy Daybell.
She continues to maintain her innocence from behind bars – she issued a statement through her lawyer Mark Means on March 17 proclaiming she's innocent "until proven beyond a reasonable doubt otherwise."
"As with any citizen of our Country, Mrs. Daybell is entitled to all the privileges and rights that accompany our cornerstone belief of innocents, until proven beyond a reasonable doubt otherwise," the statement said.
"It is this innocence that Mrs. Daybell assertively maintains regarding all changes.
"Furthermore, Mrs. Daybell is guaranteed access to a fair and impartial judicial process."
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