When is the Lori Vallow trial? Here's everything you need to know

The Lori Vallow trial is expected to begin in Ada County next year

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(Image credit: Netflix © 2022)

Everyone's curious about the Lori Vallow trial now that Sins of Our Mother has hit Netflix

The latest true crime doc on Netflix, Skye Borgman's September release follows the story of a woman known as "the doomsday mom. But how did her seemingly picture-perfect family life shatter?

When Vallow crossed paths with her fifth husband, prolific doomsday author, Chad Daybell, everything changed. A devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Vallow began to believe in Daybell's apocalyptic theory and the fact that he can detect good verses evil spirits. 

When Vallow's children had gone missing in 2019, it became national news. In 2020, sadly, 7-year-old J.J. Vallow and his older sister, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan, were discovered in shallow graves in Daybell's Idaho backyard. Their cause of death has not been released to the public.

Daybell and Vallow face several charges, including conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder. If you've asked, "Where is Lori Vallow now and what happens next," matters are grim.

*Trigger Warning Ahead*

The Lori Vallow trial

The Lori Vallow trial is expected to begin in Ada County, Idaho, on January 9, 2023 and will likely wrap up some time in March, per Idaho News 6 (opens in new tab)

Initially, the trial was set to begin in October 2022, however, Judge Steven Boyce approved a motion to move her trial alongside Daybell's to prevent an improper severance. Additionally, an 'extraordinary volume' of material had been discovered. 

According to a statement by Judge Boyce, "The Indictment charges Defendant and Daybell with the most serious of crimes. They are alleged to have co-conspired to commit murder, and the State has filed its notice of intent to seek the death penalty in both cases. In addition, there are allegations of conspiracy to commit multiple financial crimes."

A full copy of the Judge's letter is available on Idaho News 6 (opens in new tab)

Vallow has returned to prison after a stay with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for mental health treatment. In 2021, she was deemed unable to stand trial. As of April 2022, she is competent to stand trial.

As of September 2022, NBC News (opens in new tab) reports that the Judge is considering allowing cameras in the courtroom during the 2023 trial. A group of media outlets, including the Associated Press, came together to ask Judge Boyce to reject a request to ban cameras. Vallow’s attorneys had made the request to do away with cameras, claiming in "abused the privilege to videotape the proceedings when it repeatedly zoomed in on Vallow’s face."

Steven Wright, the attorney representing the news outlets, says otherwise. 

"The public’s confidence in the criminal justice system grows when the courtroom is open to all, including those who cannot physically attend,” Wright said in a statement. "We reject any claim that the media has failed to comply with the court’s orders balancing the rights of Ms. Daybell with the transparency necessary to serve the public interest."

We'll provide more details as soon as the information becomes available. 

Sins of Our Mother, a three-part series, will begin streaming on Netflix on September 14. 

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)