BOISE, Idaho — A woman sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her two youngest children and a woman she considered a romantic rival has said she will appeal her sentence to the Idaho Supreme Court .
Lawyers for Lori Vallow Daybell filed a notice of appeal last week. She will ask the Idaho Supreme Court to consider several issues, including whether the judge hearing her case wrongly deemed her competent to stand trial. The judge had ordered Vallow Daybell to undergo mental health treatment. She spent about 10 months in a psychiatric hospital before he declared her competent.
She will also argue that her right to a speedy trial was violated and that there were issues with jury selection, evidence and other procedural issues, according to the documents.
The criminal case against Vallow Daybell, 50, was complex and included allegations that she called her son and daughter zombies and thought she was a goddess tasked with ushering in an apocalypse.
A jury found Vallow Daybell guilty in May of murdering his two youngest children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, as well as conspiracy to kill Tammy Daybell, the former wife of her fifth husband. A judge sentenced her to three life terms.
Her husband, Chad Daybell, is awaiting trial on the same murder charges.
Vallow Daybell is also charged with crimes in Arizona. She is accused of conspiring with her brother to kill her fourth husband, who was shot and killed in 2019, and of conspiring to kill her niece’s ex-husband. Her niece’s ex survived an attempted murder later that year. Vallow Daybell has not yet pleaded to the charges in Arizona.
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