Police want to bring new attempted murder charges against Idaho 'doomsday' couple

Police want to bring new attempted murder charges against Idaho 'doomsday' couple
Lori Vallow Daybell is seen during her hearing on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Rexburg, Idaho.John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via Associated Press
  • Police in Arizona recommended new attempted murder charges for 'doomsday couple' Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow.
  • The couple already have been charged in relation to a string of deaths, including two of Vallow's children.

Police in Arizona have recommended new attempted murder charges for "doomsday couple" Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow.

Daybell and Vallow already face murder charges in connection with the deaths of two of Vallow's children, as well as the deaths of their respective former spouses. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Daybell, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, while Vallow has been deemed not competent to stand trial.

The couple also had been involved in a doomsday prepper group known as Preparing a People. People close to Vallow told officials that she believed her children were "possessed and had become zombies," according to court documents in an unrelated case involving Vallow's niece, Melani Boudreaux.

The Gilbert Police Department now wants to charge the couple with attempted first-degree murder for a shooting incident that happened more than two years ago and involved Boudreaux's ex-husband, CBS 5 reported. The department submitted its case for the new charges to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office on Wednesday.

According to CBS 5, a police report recommends the attempted murder charges based on a shooting incident that happened in October 2019. Someone in a Jeep Wrangler opened fire on Brandon Boudreaux, Melani Boudreaux's ex-husband, barely missing his head and shattering his car window, according to the police report.


Body camera footage from shortly after the shooting obtained by CBS 5 shows Boudreaux telling a police officer, "it had to be two people I think." A police officer then asks Boudreaux if he "has any enemies."

"I just went through a divorce," Boudreaux replies in the body camera footage. "There was some crazy stuff that happened with her aunt and her husband. I hope that has nothing to do with this."

Police determined in the report obtained by CBS 5 that the Jeep was registered to Charles Vallow, the ex-husband of Lori Vallow, who was shot and killed by Vallow's brother in July 2019. Police said in the report that Daybell and Lori Vallow had the windows on the Jeep tinted in preparation for the attack on Boudreaux.

The Maricopa County Attorney's office has not decided whether to move forward with the attempted murder charges, according to KTVB. The Gilbert Police Department did not immediately return Insider's request for comment on Thursday.

"The case will be reviewed by our office to determine if criminal charges will be filed," the county attorney's office said in a statement to KTVB. "The office is unable to provide any further comment on the matter."