PHOENIX - We have confirmed with the state of Arizona that an extradition request for convicted child killer Lori Vallow has been signed by Governor Katie Hobbs and sent back to Idaho.
Vallow, also known as the so-called "Doomsday Mom," was found guilty in May 2023 of six charges, including the murders of Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan, both of whom were her children. On July 31, Vallow was sentenced to life in prison without parole by an Idaho judge.
It'll still be another three to six months before she'll be brought back to Maricopa County to face additional charges.
This latest development came months after the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said they intend to extradite Vallow back to Arizona in connection with the death of Charles Vallow, as well as an alleged conspiracy involving the attempted murder of Brandon Boudreaux, who was the husband of Vallow's niece.
Police say Vallow conspired with her late brother, Alex Cox, who shot and killed Charles in 2019. Gilbert detectives allege Cox also shot at Boudreaux but missed.
Vallow's conviction and subsequent sentencing in Idaho were the culmination of a three-year investigation that uncovered bizarre claims by Vallow that her son and daughter were zombies, and that she was a goddess sent to usher in the Biblical apocalypse. JJ and Tylee's disappearance, as well as the subsequent discovery of their remains in Idaho, also captured national and international media attention.
During Vallow's trial in Idaho, prosecutors described Vallow as a power-hungry manipulator who would kill her two youngest children for money, while the defense team said she was normally protective mother who fell under the romantic sway of a wannabe cult leader.
Meanwhile, the Maricopa County Sheiff's Office will handle logistics to house Vallow. The Estrella Jail is the all-female facility for minimum to maximum security inmates.
Vallow currently remains at the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center in Idaho. She could fight extradition to Arizona, but she has been indicted by grand juries in both cases here.