Arizona police have recommended that “doomsday couple” Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Daybell be charged with attempted murder in a 2019 shooting that authorities say was aimed at a member of Vallow Daybell’s extended family.
The couple – who are already behind bars in Idaho, where they face murder charges for the deaths of Vallow Daybell’s two children, Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow – are now suspected of having planned to kill Brandon Boudreaux, ex-husband of Vallow Daybell’s niece. according to the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office, to whom police recommended the charges Tuesday.
A spokesman for the DA’s office told HuffPost on Thursday that it was reviewing the allegations and declined to comment further.
Boudreaux was in the midst of being divorced from Vallow Daybell’s niece when police said his vehicle was shot at by someone driving a Jeep Wrangler while on his way home in Gilbert, Arizona, on October 2, 2019. His vehicle was damaged but he was not injured. according to the police report.
The jeep was later identified as registered to Charles Vallow, Lori Vallow Daybell’s fourth husband, who was shot dead three months earlier by his brother, Alex Cox, which Cox at the time described as self-defense. After the vehicle was seized in November 2019, police found gunshot wounds inside it.
Boudreaux had filed for divorce from his then-wife, Melani Boudreaux, in the months before the shooting. When asked by police investigating the shooting if he could have any enemies, he mentioned his divorce along with Lori Vallow Daybell according to police body camera footage.
“There were some crazy things that happened to her aunt that killed her husband, but I hope it has nothing to do with this,” he told officers.
Authorities say they found evidence to believe Vallow Daybell planned Brandon Boudreaux’s murder with Cox and Chad Daybell a few weeks before the shooting.
The trio reportedly had the windows of the jeep tinted and removed the rear seat of the vehicle, and Cox and Daybell reportedly used burner phones to communicate with each other in the hours before the shooting.
They planned to kill Boudreaux because he had a “dark soul”, according to the police report, which cited unspecified evidence and statements.
It has previously been alleged in court documents that Vallow Daybell and Daybell, who was a religious “doomsday” writer before his arrest, believe that dark spirits can possess humans but can be removed if the possessed person is killed. Vallow Daybell’s family has also described her as a religious extremist who joined a cult the year before Charles Vallow’s death.
In divorce documents filed in February last year, Boudreaux also accused her ex-wife of being in a sect and said she knew where Vallow Daybells’ then-missing children, Tylee and JJ, were. It reported Arizona Republic. Their bodies were later found buried in Daybell’s rural home in Rexburg, Idaho, in June 2020.
Boudreaux’s ex-wife, who moved to Rexburg after remarrying, has denied being involved in the children’s disappearance. the republic reported.
Charles Vallow was also in the midst of divorcing his wife and had filed a protection order against her when police say Cox shot him dead during a confrontation at Vallow’s home in Chandler, Arizona, in July 2019.
Police dismissed the shooting as a case of self-defense, but in June 2021, authorities accused Lori Vallow Daybell of conspiring to kill her then-alienated husband with his brother, Cox.
Cox died in December last year from what a doctor considered to be natural causes.
In addition to the charges related to the two children, Chad Daybell also faces charges of the alleged murder of his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell, who mysteriously died in his sleep just two weeks before moving to Hawaii with Vallow Daybell, and they married. Tammy Daybell’s body was exhumed in December 2019 for further testing, following the children’s disappearance. The results of these tests have not been published.
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