This past Tuesday, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced that a grand jury has charged Vallow with one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of Charles Vallow. Charles was fatally shot in 2019.
According to an indictment dated on June 24, allegedly, Vallow had “agreed” with her brother, Alexander Cox, that “at least one of them or another would engage in conduct constituting the offense of First Degree Murder.”
And on July 11, 2019, Cox called 911 to report that he had shot his brother-in-law. Charles, 62, died at the scene.
Police said that Charles had been arguing with Vallow and Cox at when the fight turned physical, the Arizona Republic reported. Reportedly, Charles was shot twice in the chest after he had hit Cox in the head with a baseball bat.
“Complex, difficult cases of this nature take time to properly investigate and solve,” Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said in a statement on Tuesday. “I appreciate the tremendous number of hours the dedicated officers of the Chandler Police Department have invested, and my office is equally committed to bringing those responsible for Charles Vallow’s death to justice.”
Cox was not charged on Thursday as he died on December 12, 2019, from what the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office previously determined were natural causes.
Just last month, Vallow and her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Vallow’s two children, Joshua “J.J.” Vallow and Tylee Ryan.
Vallow was charged with grand theft related to social security survivor benefits.
Daybell was indicted on a murder charge in connection with the death of his previous wife, Tammy, and two counts of insurance fraud related to life insurance policies he had on her.
Vallow was recently committed to an Idaho Department of Health and Welfare mental facility after a psychiatric exam in May deemed her to be unfit to participate in the murder trial, according to a court order. Officials will determine whether she is competent to proceed to trial or whether she needs additional treatment following 90 days in the facility.
Daybell pleaded not guilty to the charges against him earlier this month.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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