Triple murder suspect Chad Daybell won’t face a conspiracy to commit murder charge involving the death of Charles Vallow, the fourth husband of Chad’s wife Lori Vallow-Daybell.
In a letter from Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel, the attorney writes that he’s declining to prosecute Chad for Charles’ death.
“(There’s) no reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Adel said.
Last month, Arizona authorities charged Lori with conspiracy to commit murder in Charles’ death. According a Maricopa county police report Lori and her brother, Alex Cox, plotted to kill Charles who Cox shot to death on July 11, 2019. Alex died five months later from blood clots.
Chad was in Salem at the time of Charles’ killing, but was allegedly in a relationship with Lori who was still married to Charles.
Shortly after Charles’ death, and in September, Lori and her two children J.J. Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, moved to Rexburg. Lori’s children went missing later that month. On October 19, 2019, Chad’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, died and two weeks later Chad and Lori got married in Hawaii.
In May, Lori and Chad were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder involving Lori’s children and Tammy Daybell. In addition, they are charged with grand theft after continuing to take social security dependents’ benefits after the children went missing.
Chad also faces insurance fraud after receiving around $430,000 in life insurance benefits after Tammy died. Both Tammy and Chad signed off on an increase to Tammy’s life insurance benefits just weeks before she died.
Chad has pled not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial scheduled to start on Nov. 9 and to continue through Dec. 17.
Lori’s trial is postponed while she receives restorative treatment. A psychologist recently deemed her unfit to go before a jury. That treatment could take several months.
Lori’s children were reported missing the end of November 2019 by J.J.’s grandparents Kay and Larry Woodcock. A massive search soon commenced after police learned Lori had lied to them about her children’s whereabouts. In February 2020, Lori was arrested in Hawaii and returned to Madison County. On June 9, 2020, Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Chad after J.J. and Tylee’s bodies were found buried on Chad’s property.
The case has spawned international attention with several books written and a Lifetime movie “Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story” broadcast last month.