A recently resurfaced video shows the moment “doomsday cult mother” Lori Vallow received court orders to have her children, who had been murdered four months earlier, while vacationing at a pool complex in Hawaii.
The video was shown during the ongoing trial of Ms. Vallow on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy and grand theft in the deaths of her daughter Tylee Ryan, 16, her son Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and her new husband’s first wife, Chad Daybell. Tammy, 49. It was not immediately available to the public as cameras are prohibited in the courtroom, and most evidence will be released after the trial is over, but a copy of the video was exclusively obtained by Fox 10 Phoenix.
In the clip, Ms. Vallow and Mr. Daybell can be seen lounging on chairs at a resort on Kauai on January 25, 2020. JJ and Tylee disappeared without a trace in September 2019, and their mother refused. to reveal his whereabouts to the authorities for many months. .
“How are you? Are you Chad and Lori?” a person is heard saying after serving Ms. Vallow Vallow a court order from Madison County, Idaho, to turn her children over to the Department of Health and Welfare within a week . “Mrs. Vallow, you have been notified.”
Ms Vallow, who was wearing a blue bikini and sunglasses, asked: “Do you need anything from me?”
When asked by court servers if she had any questions, she said no. Ms. Vallow was arrested on January 21 on charges of child abandonment and desertion. The bodies of the children were then discovered on Mr. Daybell’s property on June 9, 2020.
JJ’s body was found in a black plastic bag wrapped in duct tape, near a tree, while Tylee’s remains were found a short distance away buried in the pet cemetery. Her body had been dismembered and burned in a bonfire.
On Tuesday, Ms Vallow’s defense rested their case without presenting any witnesses, with closing arguments expected to begin on Thursday.
Ms Vallow’s lawyers, prosecutors and Judge Steven Boyce will meet privately on Wednesday to discuss the jury instructions.
Judge Boyce has ruled that the court will pass on the verdict in the high-profile case once it is reached.
Last year, Judge Steven Boyce banned cameras from the courtroom, citing concerns that they could impede a fair trial. It came after lawyers for Ms Vallow claimed a news organization abused the privilege by repeatedly zooming in on Ms Vallow’s face during previous hearings. Prosecutors sided with the defense, saying the cameras should be banned as news coverage could make it more difficult for the court to find an impartial jury.
A coalition of more than 30 news organizations, including the Associated Press and Eastern Idaho Newshe asked the judge to deny the motion, but the court ultimately decided that news organizations could no longer take pictures or video inside the courtroom.
Judge Boyce declared in his ruling on Tuesday that the reasoning behind the ban loses validity upon reaching a verdict, allowing the court to broadcast the final chapter of the week-long trial through its YouTube channel, according to Eastern Idaho News.