Grandparents of Slain Boy Fight to Attend Lori Vallow’s Murder Trial [Video]
What You Need To Know!
- Lori Vallow’s adoptive son, J.J. Vallow, and stepdaughter, Tylee Ryan, were allegedly killed by Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, in 2019.
- The grandparents of J.J. Vallow, who are also witnesses in the case, are fighting to attend Vallow’s murder trial after Vallow’s defense team argued they should be excluded.
- Vallow and Daybell were indicted in May 2021 on multiple counts related to the deaths of J.J., Tylee, and Daybell’s ex-wife.
The murder trial of Lori Vallow, who is accused of killing her adoptive son, J.J. Vallow, and stepdaughter, Tylee Ryan, is set to begin on April 3. Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, allegedly killed the children in 2019, and their bodies were found buried on Daybell’s property in Idaho in 2020.
The grandparents of J.J. Vallow, Kay and Larry Woodcock, are also witnesses in the case and want to attend the trial, but Vallow’s defense team has argued that they should be excluded because they are not J.J.’s actual grandparents and therefore not statutory victims in the case.
The Woodcocks are fighting the decision, with their attorney stating that “there is nothing about the presence of victims at a trial that would affect the defendant in any possible way.” J.J.’s biological father is Kay Woodcock’s son, and the Woodcocks cared for J.J. until he was adopted by Lori and Charles Vallow when he was one year old.
The terms of the adoption allowed the Woodcocks to be present in J.J.’s life as his “Mamaw and Papaw,” and they continued to visit him after the adoption, even as the Vallows moved around the country during their 13-year marriage.
In a statement, the Woodcocks said they feel “victimized by Lori every single day living life without JJ, Tylee and Charles, then again by possibly denying us the chance to be the face in the courtroom seeking justice for them.”
Vallow and Daybell were indicted in May 2021 on multiple counts related to the deaths of J.J., Tylee, and Daybell’s ex-wife, Tammy Daybell. The couple allegedly collected J.J.’s and Tylee’s Social Security benefits after their murders, and Daybell had written several apocalyptic novels based on Mormon theology.
Both Vallow and Daybell were involved in a group that promoted preparedness for the biblical end times and bonded over their religious beliefs.