Disturbing moment Lori Vallow LAUGHS hours after husband's death as Tylee says she protected mom from ex with bat
LORI Vallow was filmed laughing with an investigator hours after her estranged husband was shot dead by her brother in Arizona.
Chilling video released this week shows the so-called 'cult mom' engaged in a friendly interview with a Chandler Police Department official on July 11, 2019.
The video was filmed shortly after Lori's fourth husband Charles Vallow was shot and killed by her brother Alex Cox during a custody dispute at her home.
Police initially determined that Cox acted in self defense, but the case was reopened later that year when Lori's children Tylee Ryan, 16, and Joshua "JJ" Vallow, seven, were reported missing.
Prosecutors charged Lori with conspiracy to murder Charles in June of this year, shortly after she was indicted over the deaths of her kids.
In the video released among a bevy of case files this week, Lori is heard talking and laughing about Tylee before explaining the events that preceded the shooting.
She said she asked Cox to come to her house because she feared Charles would "ambush" her when he arrived to pick up their adoptive son JJ.
"I was expecting kind of an ambush for him to come over," Lori told the investigator. "Be just mean. 'It’s my house, I’m on the lease. I’m going to stay here.'"
"He’s acting really weird like he’s plotting something," she added. "Why are you even here? What did you come here for?"
Lori went on to explain her marital issues with Charles, who had filed to divorce her months earlier.
In a separate video from the same day, Tylee is seen telling an officer about how she used a bat to protect her mother from Charles.
"My stepdad was like, he was like — I don’t even know how to explain it," Tylee said. "He honestly just looked like kind of a crazy person. Like screaming and like his face was beet red, he just looked, like, really mad."
She said she grabbed the bat from her room because she feared Charles, her stepfather, would hurt her mom.
"I haven't really seen him all the way like that before. That's like the craziest I have ever seen him," she said.
Tylee also revealed that she "kind of never got along" with Charles.
“It’s for the most part been pretty mundane but there have been a few like, violent times with him when I was really scared he was going to hit me or my mom like just cause everything was kind of crazy," she said.
"Me and him have always kind of not gotten along like just since I was little and so there have been a few times we have gotten in fights and stuff like that so I am just always kind of scared of that.”
Lori and her fifth husband Chad Daybell were charged in May over the murders of Tylee and JJ, who vanished in September 2019 and were found buried on his property in June 2020.
Chad is due to stand trial at the end of 2021.
In May, Lori was ruled "unfit to stand trial" days after she and Chad were charged.
The 47-year-old underwent a competency evaluation on March 8 after her "fitness to proceed" was drawn into question by her attorney.
SLEW OF DEATHS
The pair were also hit with a slew of other charges, including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft in connection to the kids' deaths.
Chad has also been charged with the death of his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell after cops reopened the case and her body was exhumed in December 2019.
Lori and Chad, a former pastor, were members of an apparent "doomsday cult" and married just two weeks after Daybell was widowed.
They married just months after Tylee and JJ were last seen alive. The kids vanished without a trace in September 2019 as cops opened a probe.
Throughout the investigation, Vallow reportedly stated her kids were safe and living with family members in Arizona.
She was arrested in February 2020 on charges of deserting and abandoning her children.
Just over four months later, JJ and Tylee's remains were found buried in Chad's backyard in Fremont County, Idaho.
Court documents stated that the little boy was wrapped in plastic and bound with duct tape. His sister was dismembered and burned.
Lori's brother, Alex Cox, is named as a co-conspirator in all three deaths, with an indictment alleging there are additional suspected co-conspirators that are "both known and unknown" to prosecutors.
He died suddenly in December 2019, the day after Tammy's body was exhumed.
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