VALLOW DAYBELL CASE

Texts show Chad and Lori Daybell’s relationship days after death of Lori Daybell’s husband

Apr 19, 2024, 9:00 PM | Updated: 11:22 pm

Texts shown during Chad Daybell's jury trial show he and Lori Daybell planned to be together in Haw...

Texts shown during Chad Daybell's jury trial show he and Lori Daybell planned to be together in Hawaii. (Photo: Judge Steven W. Boyce via YouTube)

(Photo: Judge Steven W. Boyce via YouTube)

BOISE, Idaho Just days after Charles Vallow was shot and killed in his wife Lori Vallow Daybell’s home, she was exchanging sexual texts with Chad Daybell before his wife’s death.

That’s according to testimony Friday from Douglas Hart, a former FBI agent who investigated Lori Daybell’s iCloud accounts.

He testified the texts showed the couple had a relationship and had plans to be together, and to be together in Hawaii where they eventually went while police were searching for Lori Daybell’s missing children.

Chad Daybell is now on trial for first-degree murder in the deaths of Lori Daybell’s children — 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan — and the death of his former wife, Tammy Daybell, in late 2019. He is also charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder of each of the victims, grand theft and two counts of insurance fraud.

Plans to be there

In a text conversation from July 13, 2019, two days after Charles Vallow’s death, Chad Daybell texted Lori Daybell about three of his children graduating 10 days from then, on July 23, and said: “I feel she will be gone by then, but I will still have that hoopla to deal with. … So I believe that’s why the Lord hinted I might not get to be with you until that is over.”

Hart said he believes the “she” he was referring to is Tammy Daybell.

His investigation uncovered a story written by Chad Daybell that he said was autobiographical and chronicled Chad and Lori Daybell’s relationship, using the names James and Elena, which the story said were names from previous lives.

In July 2019, Chad Daybell texted Lori Daybell and thanked her for virtually joining him in the shower, which Hart said was just one example of the couple referencing an ability to “connect on a spiritual plane and be together spiritually,” despite being in different states.

In one text, Chad Daybell said, “I love you so immensely that the whole universe knows it, and very soon the people on this little blue globe will know it too.”

Hart said this shows their relationship was a secret, but there was a plan for it to not to always stay a secret. He said there was a plan Chad Daybell talked about that included him being with Lori Daybell, and Chad Daybell said the plan had been revealed to him in the story he wrote for her.

Click here for full coverage of the Chad Daybell trial.

In the days after Charles Vallow was killed, Hart said there was a lot of “sexting” content between them and he shared several texts with the jury. “It was not an emotional affair or a spiritual affair. It’s very clear that it’s a physical, sexual affair between Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow,” he said.

In another part of the story, Chad Daybell talked about both of them arriving at a temple just weeks after they met. In the text, Chad Daybell said the two knelt across an altar and “knew that they were now sealed as husband and wife for eternity.”

Hart said this explains what their relationship was to each other during the time their spouses were killed. Hart shared other messages sent in the same time frame saying they would beg “father and mother” for them to be together. He said, however, that there was never any communication during that time of Chad Daybell getting a divorce or separating from his wife.

Hart showed texts between the two on July 22, 2019, talking about plans to be on Kauai, an island in Hawaii, together “soon.” He said they got married on that island, and eventually moved there together.

Chad Daybell’s wife died in October 2019. Investigators later determined her death to be a homicide.

Chad Daybell’s attorney questions friend about JJ’s disappearance

Melanie Gibb, who testified Thursday that Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Daybell had determined their then-spouses were “dark” before their deaths, returned to the witness stand Friday for a cross examination by defense attorney John Prior.

Gibb testified on Thursday about “castings,” where she, Lori Daybell and others in their religious group would pray for an evil spirit to leave someone, including Charles Vallow, Lori Daybell’s husband at the time, and Tammy Daybell, Chad Daybell’s wife. Gibb said if the casting was successful, either the person would die or a new spirit would enter their body.

Jurors heard a phone call where Gibb asked Lori Daybell why she lied to police that Gibb was watching JJ when she wasn’t, and the mom was adamant that JJ was “safe and happy” and that she was protecting him.

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Texts show Chad and Lori Daybell’s relationship days after death of Lori Daybell’s husband