Woman who wrote a book on grief after her husband’s death is charged with his murder

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Following the death of her husband last year, Kouri Richins, who had previously authored a children’s book on grief, has been arrested and charged with his murder.

Authorities in Utah arrested Richins on Monday, alleging that she poisoned her husband, Eric Richins, with a lethal dose of fentanyl at their residence in Kamas, a small mountain town near Park City, the Associated Press has reported.

According to prosecutors, Richins contacted the authorities in March 2022 during the night, reporting that her husband was unresponsive and “cold to the touch.”

She explained to officers that she had prepared a mixed vodka drink for her husband to celebrate the sale of a home, and then went to comfort one of their children to sleep in their bedroom.

Upon returning, she discovered her husband’s lack of response and promptly dialed 911.

During the subsequent investigation, a medical examiner determined that Eric Richins had a fentanyl concentration in his system that was five times the lethal dosage, as reported by the AP.

In addition to the murder charge, Kouri Richins is also facing charges related to the alleged possession of GHB, a drug primarily used to treat narcolepsy but commonly employed recreationally in settings like dance clubs.

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