Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Colby Ryan Today: Update in case against Lori Vallow’s son

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Colby Ryan, Lori Vallow’s surviving son, dropped the charges against him unscathed. He was released from Arizona prison, according to East Idaho News.

Ryan, 26, was arrested earlier this month, on Sept. 5, 2022, on allegations of sexual assault in Mesa, Arizona, the news outlet reported. The dismissal of his case came just days before Netflix was due to release a documentary about Vallow and the deaths of their other two children. The documentary Sins of Our Mother features interviews with Ryan. The release is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, according to Netflix.

Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell have been charged with the murders of their son Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and daughter Tylee Ryan, 17, according to NBC News. Vallow is also charged with conspiring to murder her former husband, Charles Vallow. Alex Cox shot and killed Charles Vallow, claiming the killing was in self-defense, authorities said. Cox later died and police said his cause of death was natural.

Here’s what you need to know:

East Idaho News reported that the case filed against Ryan was dismissed unscathed, meaning new charges could still be brought against Ryan. He had scheduled a hearing for today, September 13, 2022, but that hearing was canceled. He was released from prison on Friday September 9th.

A woman told law enforcement that Ryan raped her while they watched TV at her home, the news outlet reported. She is not identified because she says she was the victim of a rape. Ryan no longer faces those charges. Officials did not tell the news agency why the charges were dropped. He was not required to post bail for his release.

“The case is being reviewed by our office. The release was unaffected, allowing us to press charges again,” Jennifer Liewer told EastIdahoNews.com.

NBC reviewed a probable cause affidavit filed in the case that said Ryan was at the woman’s home on Aug. 31, 2022 and that they watched TV together. She said they kissed, which was consensual, but that she didn’t want to have sex with him. She told police that Ryan touched her inappropriately and that she told him to stop doing it. According to NBC, she went on to claim that Ryan raped her.

He later told her he was sorry and cried, according to the affidavit, according to NBC. She recorded a conversation with Ryan in which he admitted to inappropriately touching and raping her, according to NBC.

“During the recorded conversation, the defendant agreed that he ‘raped’ the victim,” the affidavit read, according to NBC. Police said Ryan made “verbal admissions” about the alleged crime in interviews with police, according to NBC.

The conditions of Ryan’s release include a no-contact order for the alleged victim and the officers who arrested Ryan, preventing him from communicating with them. He is also barred from possessing any medication without a valid prescription, according to NBC.

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