JJ Vallow’s grandma slams ‘liar’ Chad Daybell's not-guilty plea a year to the DAY after boy & sister's bodies are found
THE GRANDMOTHER of JJ Vallow, charged along with his “cult mom” wife Lori Vallow in the slayings of their two children – said he should quit claiming he's innocent and repeatedly called him a “liar.”
"I think he should just give it up,” Kay Woodcock said following the arraignment of the former pastor Daybell.
“How do you have two kids in your backyard and you don’t know anything about it,” the woman who traveled from Louisiana asked, according to the East Idaho News.
“He’s a liar. He’s a liar.”
Daybell answered “Not guilty,” after Judge Steven Boyce read allowed the charges lodged against him inside the St. Anthony, Idaho courtroom.
If he’s found guilty the 52-year-old man could be sentenced to capital punishment.
The married couple were indicted by a grand jury on first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Vallow’s children Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16.
The pair also were hit with several other charges, including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft in connection to the kids' deaths.
Chad Daybell is also accused of having a part in the death of his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell, where both he and Vallow are facing conspiracy to commit murder.
Her death was originally thought to be from natural causes, but investigators reopened the case and her body was later exhumed in December of 2019.
“Seeing him, knowing he did it and knowing everything about the truth – this whole process is really hard,” Tylee Ryan’s older brother, Colby Ryan, said after the arraignment the paper reported.
“We’ve all had to go through it but he’s going to say what he’s going to say. He’s going to lie about it. From the beginning, they have lied.”
Daybell’s plea came one day after a motion was filed to commit the 47-year-old Lori Vallow for mental treatment after a psychological evaluation on March 8 by her attorney put into question her "fitness to proceed.”
She is set to remain in the custody of the Director of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare where she will undergo an evaluation of her "mental condition" leading to a progress report to keep the court updated.
If Vallow is deemed "fit to proceed" the court will have to be informed.
While she may not be mentally able to stand trial the psychological evaluation suggested that Vallow "is not dangerously mentally ill."
"The complete assessment determined that at this time the Defendant is not competent to proceed, and recommends restorative treatment," the evaluation documents read.
The prosecution is contesting the results of the report, which were filed under seal.
In the meantime, the judge's order will remain in effect "pending determination of the issue of competency.”
Vallow and Daybell were members of a "doomsday cult" called Preparing A People and married just two weeks after Daybell became a widower.
Vallow previously lived in East Valley, Arizona, before moving to Rexburg, Idaho, in August 2019 after her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, was shot dead by her brother, Alex Cox.
The following month, in September 2019, her two children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old JJ Vallow, vanished without a trace.
As investigators probed the couple about Tylee and JJ’s whereabouts, they learned that they had relocated to Hawaii.
Vallow had maintained that her children were safe and living with relatives in Arizona.
Authorities took her into custody in February 2020 and initially charged her with deserting and abandoning her children.
Just over four months later, JJ and Tylee's bodies were found buried in the backyard of Daybell's Idaho home.
According to East Idaho News, the day marked the one-year anniversary when the kids’ remains were found.
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