“I thought I could trust you” – Lori’s oldest son, Colby Ryan, called to testify
ADA COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) – The trial for Lori Vallow-Daybell continued on Tuesday after a day off due to a family death on the prosecution side. The day began finishing up cross-examination with Zulema Pastenes, widow of Lori's brother.
Much of the conversation surrounded Zulema's relationship with Chad Daybell, Lori and Alex Cox reviewing text messages between her and Chad, and her and Lori.
The text messages reveal how involved Zulema was in their beliefs and casting out spirits. In court Zulema says, "I really really trusted these people (Chad and Lori)." She says Chad and Lori were pressuring her to move to Rexburg and they were the reason Alex quit his job, sold items and moved to Rexburg.
Previously, Zulema testified that Alex would do anything for Lori. The defense questioned how much she actually new Alex in such a short time. Zulema disagreed saying, "The way Alex expressed himself whenever he wanted to do something or make a decision on something, he felt he always needed to have Lori and Chad's permission."
Upon redirect, the state asked about how Chad and Lori made Zulema feel. She says Chad gave her a special mission and kept telling her how important was. "It made me feel really good and really special. I started to believe it," Zulema says. Chad also told Alex he was put in the earth at this time to protect Lori.
The state then called Colby Ryan, Lori's oldest son, to the stand.
Colby said Lori was withholding a lot of information from him like how Charles Callow, Lori's former husband, died, where she was living after his death and where the kids were when they were reported missing.
Upon cross-examination, the defense had Colby talk about his childhood and how his mom taught him good things about Jesus. Defense Attorney Jim Archibald asked Colby is Lori had taught him any of Chad's extreme beliefs like multiple lives, zombies, casting out spirits, etc. Colby said no.
The jury then heard a chilling audio recording between Colby and Lori when she was in the Madison County Jail.
The conversation started with Colby asking, "You think you can hide from me?"He accused her many times of murdering Tylee and JJ. "I thought I could trust you," he said during the conversation.
In the recording, Colby was very upset. Lori was defensive and kept saying, "You don't know what happened." She even giggled. Her laughter lead people in the Madison County Courthouse to gasp and some even shed some tears.
You can view a timeline of events and all our past stories on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow-Daybell HERE.