Chad Daybell

Chad Daybell listens during his preliminary hearing in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. A preliminary hearing continues to decide whether there is enough evidence to hold Daybell for trial. He and the children's mother face charges related to the hiding of the remains of 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow, although authorities have yet to say how the two died. (John Roark/Post Register via AP, POOL)

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO) says it won't charge Chad Daybell in the death of Lori Vallow's fourth husband.

Lori Vallow indicted in Maricopa County in death of former husband

MCAO says it declined prosecution because there is "no reasonable likelihood of conviction." The announcement comes the week after a grand jury indicted Lori Vallow, Daybell's wife, for the same charge in the death of Charles Vallow.

The Chandler Police Department had recommended charges against both Daybell and Lori in the 2019 death of Charles Vallow. The move was quickly praised by the attorney for Charles Vallow's family, saying in part, "Charles feared for his life and predicted his demise from the day he stepped in our office."

Charles Vallow died on July 11, 2019, after Lori's brother, Alex Cox, shot and killed him at his Chandler home. At the time, Cox claimed self-defense. Chandler police say Cox, who was at home, began a confrontation in which Charles struck the back of Cox’s head with the bat. Cox told police that he then went to his bedroom, got his gun and demanded that Charles leave. After Charles refused, Cox shot and killed him. Cox never faced charges due to his death a few months later.


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