The spouse under suspicion for murdering her husband by adding a lethal dose of fentanyl to his cocktail and subsequently authoring a children’s book on grief a year later hosted a gathering at their residence in Kamas, Utah, the day following the alleged murder, as stated by authorities.
Kouri Richins has been charged with one count of first-degree aggravated murder and three counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute in relation to Eric Richins’ demise.
At the present time, Richins, 33, has not entered a plea to the charges.
According to official court documents obtained by PEOPLE, on the night of Eric’s fatal poisoning on March 3, 2022, Richins informed investigators that the couple was celebrating the closing of a house for her business. Consequently, she prepared a Moscow Mule cocktail for her husband, Eric, 39, who consumed it in bed.
A few hours later, Richins discovered him unresponsive. Authorities pronounced him dead after a 911 call was made.
Quoting the affidavit for a search warrant, The Salt Lake Tribune reports, “The day after Eric’s death, Kouri closed on the home, alone. She later invited her friends over for a large party at her home where she was drinking and celebrating.”
According to court documents, the medical examiner determined that Eric orally ingested approximately five times the lethal dose of “illicit” fentanyl prior to his demise.
The suspicious findings prompted investigators to obtain a search warrant for the couple’s residence and electronic devices, leading to the discovery of several communications between Richins and an acquaintance.
The acquaintance was interviewed by investigators, who alleged that Richins purchased hydrocodone from them sometime between December 2021 and February 2022, as stated in the documents.
Weeks later, Richins allegedly contacted the acquaintance again and acquired 15 to 30 fentanyl pills worth $900 on February 11, 2022.
On February 26, 2022, Richins purportedly purchased an additional $900 worth of fentanyl. Less than a week later, Eric passed away, according to the documents.
More than a year after his death, Richins published a children’s book on grief titled “Are You With Me?” The book, as reported by KPCW News, was inspired by the couple’s three children, their encounter with losing their father, and the lingering questions they had.
During an interview in April promoting the book, she stated, “You know, ‘Is dad with us?'” This stems from their sadness of realizing that he is no longer here with them.
Richins remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on May 19.