(TheConservativeTimes.org) – After closing a purchase on some commercial property, Kouri Richins of Kamas, Utah, told investigators she made her husband a Moscow Mule to celebrate the occasion. Kouri claims she then went to bed with her child, who was experiencing night terrors. She returned to the bedroom and called 911 after claiming she discovered her 39-year-old husband, Eric, unresponsive.
Shortly after, he was declared dead.
Part of Kouri’s grieving process was to write a children’s book called “Are You With Me?” As described by Amazon, the book was “written to create peace and comfort for children who have lost a loved one.”
On an episode of a morning show called “Good Things Utah,” Richins promoted her book, saying her husband’s death was “unexpected,” and detailed its impact on her and their three sons. She explained that helping a child through grief meant “ensuring that the departed’s spirit is always alive in your home.”
The widow told the anchors, who praised her as a wonderful mother, it’s about explaining to a child that just because dad is not present physically, it doesn’t mean his presence isn’t around them.
The book’s dedication reads: “Dedicated to my amazing husband and a wonderful father.”
Two months after that appearance, Kouri was arrested for her husband’s murder. On March 3, 2022, they charged her with giving her husband a fatal dose of fentanyl. Kouri had allegedly spiked Eric’s drink with almost five times a deadly amount.
Investigators seized the family’s phones and computers, finding multiple text messages between Kouri and a person from whom she reportedly purchased drugs. Kouri requested a potent drug, asking for “some of the Michael Jackson stuff.”
On February 11, 2022, Richin allegedly paid $900 for 15-30 fentanyl pills.
Friends and relatives report that they were not a happy couple. Immediately after Eric’s death, his loved ones informed authorities that they suspected Kouri of murder. Warrant applications state that Eric warned, “If anything happened to him, she was to blame.”
Eric prudently changed the beneficiary of his will and life insurance to his sister before his death.
Kouri claims she desperately tried to save her husband by performing CPR. Fire and EMS personnel indicated it was highly improbable because of the blood on and in his mouth.
The 33-year-old faces one count of first-degree aggravated murder and three counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled narcotic, all of which are felonies. If convicted, she could face life in prison or the death penalty, which is legal in Utah.
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