Idaho prosecutor withdraws contest of 'cult mom' Lori Vallow's competency
REXBURG, Idaho - Idaho Special Prosecutor Rob Wood has withdrawn his contest to the competency of Lori Vallow Daybell in her murder trial.
Wood submitted his contestation Friday after a psychologist examined Daybell, 47, and declared her not competent for trial. The judge needed to still legally declare Daybell’s competency, and court proceedings were temporarily halted.
However, Wood withdrew his contest on Monday, a court document shows.
Wood’s withdrawal cites the medical evaluation as well as "corresponding data" provided by the court-appointed examiner.
"The state further does not object to a medical physician’s evaluation and diagnosis of the Defendant with a corresponding treatment plan for the purpose of restoring the Defendant’s competence," the document read.
Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell stand accused of murder and conspiracy in connection to a number of deaths, including the 2019 deaths of Lori Daybell’s two children Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17.
Chad Daybell also faces a first-degree murder charge related to the death of his ex-wife Tammy Daybell, 49.
The couple began to endorse an apocalyptic religious belief system in 2018. Some believe that the religious beliefs were mainly used to justify the murder of the various victims.
LORI VALLOW, CHAD DAYBELL INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO HER CHILDREN'S DEATHS
The Daybells were indicted in late May on a number of counts, including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, first-degree murder and grand theft by deception.
Mark Means, the Daybell’s defense attorney, requested the evaluation in March. A licensed clinical psychologist met with Lori Daybell on at least two days while she remained in Madison County Jail, the EastIdahoNews.com reported.
The psychologist determined Daybell was "not competent to proceed" and recommended restorative treatment.
The couple has continued to maintain their innocence.
Continuing coverage of the Lori Vallow-Chad Daybell case:
- Chandler PD submits murder charge against Lori Vallow for death of former husband
- Grandparents, son speak out after Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell accused of murdering two children
- Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell indicted on murder charges in connection to her children's deaths
- Austin PD report: Lori Vallow's 3rd husband feared she would kill him, her daughter, or herself
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Fox News' Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.
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