During Vallow’s trial on Monday, numerous troubling and sensational text messages exchanged between Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell were presented as evidence. The messages included discussions about their romantic feelings for each other and Daybell’s purported efforts to rid Vallow’s children, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old JJ Vallow, of “evil spirits,” as reported by East Idaho News.
“I turned up the pain to 10 and placed a spiritual virus in her,” Daybell texted Vallow on July 18, 2019, referring to Ryan.
Vallow is currently facing charges related to the murders of Tylee Ryan, Vallow’s daughter, and JJ Vallow, her son, as well as the murder of Daybell’s ex-wife, Tammy. Daybell is also charged with the same crimes but will be tried separately at a later date.
During his testimony in a Boise, Idaho courtroom on Friday, Doug Hart, a retired FBI agent, revealed that Vallow and Daybell used percentages to discuss the children’s proximity to death, as reported by East Idaho News.
According to Hart, a lower percentage indicated a closer proximity to death. On July 30, 2019, Daybell informed Vallow that Tammy was at 3% and JJ was at 2%.
“2 and 3 percent? Not zero?” Vallow responded. “Ok. Still feeling hot for you.”
“Yes, we might need to release a little steam next time we meet,” Daybell replied.
During that period, Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow were still married, and it had been only 19 days since the death of Vallow’s fourth husband, Charles Vallow.
On July 11, 2019, Charles Vallow was fatally shot by Alex Cox, Lori’s brother. Prosecutors claim that Cox was also involved in the conspiracy to kill Tylee, JJ, and Tammy. Cox passed away due to a blood clot in December 2019.
Prosecutors commenced presenting their extensive case against Vallow in early April, and the trial is anticipated to span a minimum of eight weeks.