The attorney representing convicted murderer Lori Vallow Daybell has filed a notice of appeal, citing 16 issues in her case. Vallow Daybell was convicted of conspiracy and murder for the deaths of her two youngest children, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, as well as her husband’s first wife, Tammy Daybell. She was sentenced on July 21 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The notice of appeal, filed on Aug. 31, raises a number of issues with the case, starting with the court’s finding that Vallow Daybell was competent to stand trial on April 11, 2022, after spending 10 months in a psychiatric facility. The filing also references the court’s denial of a defense motion to return Vallow Daybell to the facility on Nov. 15, 2022, instead of proceeding to trial.
Vallow Daybell’s defense questioned whether her right to a speedy trial was violated, as her case was severed from that of her husband, Chad Daybell, who waived his right to a speedy trial. The defense argued that repeated requests by the prosecution to delay proceedings may have violated her right to a speedy trial.
The motion for appeal points out errors in jury selection, opening statements, evidence shown to the jury, and testimony allowed at her trial as grounds for throwing out the conviction. It also challenges her sentence, questioning whether the court abused its discretion by ordering her to serve three consecutive fixed life sentences without parole. The motion further questions whether the court abused its discretion by ordering Vallow Daybell, who claims indigent status, to pay $165,018 in fines and court costs.
Jim Archibald, who represented Vallow Daybell at trial, filed the appeal and also requested the state to appoint an appellate public defender in her case. Vallow Daybell is currently facing extradition to Arizona, where she was indicted on charges of conspiring to kill her niece’s ex-husband and her fourth husband, Charles Vallow.