After her husband died final 12 months, she wrote a youngsters’s e book on grief. Now she’s charged with homicide in his loss of life.
Kouri Richins, 33, was arrested Monday and is accused in charging paperwork of poisoning her husband with a deadly dose of fentanyl at their house in Kamas, a small mountain city close to Park Metropolis.
The homicide costs come months after Richins self-published “Are you with me?” — an illustrated storybook a few younger boy questioning about his father’s presence in his life after the daddy dies.
Prosecutors allege Richins known as authorities in the midst of the night time in March 2022 to report that her husband, Eric Richins, was “chilly to the contact.” She instructed officers she had made her husband a combined drink to have a good time him promoting a house. She then went to appease considered one of their youngsters to sleep within the subsequent bed room. She later returned and, upon discovering her husband unresponsive, known as 911.
A health worker later discovered 5 occasions the deadly dosage of fentanyl in his system.
Along with the homicide cost, Richins additionally faces costs involving the alleged possession of GHB — a narcolepsy drug regularly utilized in leisure settings, together with at dance golf equipment.
The costs are primarily based on officers’ interactions with Richins that night time and the account of an “unnamed acquaintance” who claims to have bought her the fentanyl. The acquaintance instructed investigators they bought Richins the opioid hydrocodone as soon as and fentanyl twice — in February and March 2022.
The charging paperwork allege Richins deleted textual content messages from the night time of her husband’s loss of life earlier than handing her cellphone over to investigators and should have tried to poison her husband on Valentine’s Day, a month earlier than his loss of life.
“Shortly after their dinner, Eric turned very unwell. Eric believed that he had been poisoned. Eric instructed a pal that he thought his spouse was attempting to poison him,” investigators wrote, referring to the Valentine’s Day incident.
Richins’ lawyer, Skye Lazaro, declined to touch upon the costs.
In Richins’ e book, the boy wonders if his father, who has died, notices his objectives at a soccer sport, his nerves on the primary day of faculty or the presents he discovered underneath a Christmas tree.
“Sure, I’m with you,” an angel wing-clad father determine carrying a trucker hat responds. “I’m with you once you scored that objective … I’m with you once you stroll the halls … I’m right here and we’re collectively.”
Richins instructed native media she determined to put in writing “Are you with me?” after her husband unexpectedly died final 12 months, leaving her widowed and elevating three boys. She mentioned she appeared for supplies for kids on grieving family members and located few sources, so determined to create her personal. She deliberate to put in writing sequels.