Kouri Richins, a Utah mother of three who authored a children's book about grief after her husband's death, is now accused of murdering him.
According to court documents, Kouri poisoned her husband Eric in early March of last year, and he was found lying unresponsive and cold to the touch. Eric had five times the lethal dosage of fentanyl in his system, and he had told a friend just weeks earlier that he suspected his wife was trying to poison him. Kouri has been charged with first-degree aggravated murder, and investigators allege that she purchased pills on two separate occasions from a dealer, looking for something dangerously potent.
She appeared on a local television station last month to promote her book, and her husband had changed his life insurance policy to make her the sole beneficiary. However, when the insurance company notified Eric of the change, he removed his wife from the policy and his will and was looking to get a divorce.
• Widow: a woman who has lost her husband through death and has not remarried
• Grief: deep sadness or sorrow, often caused by the loss of someone or something important
• Court documents: papers that are filed with a court that contain information about a legal case
• Poisoned: caused harm or death to someone by giving them a toxic substance
• First-degree aggravated murder: a criminal charge for intentionally and unlawfully causing the death of another person with premeditation and malice aforethought, often punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty
• Search warrant: a legal document that allows law enforcement officers to search a person's property or belongings for evidence of a crime
• Suspected: believed to be guilty of a crime or wrongdoing
• Hives: a skin rash that is usually caused by an allergic reaction
• EpiPen: a medical device that injects a dose of epinephrine to treat severe allergic reactions
• Overdose: taking too much of a drug or substance that results in harmful or dangerous effects, often including death
• Spouse: a person who is married to another person
• Trail: evidence or clues that lead to the discovery of something, often used in the context of a criminal investigation
• Guardianship: legal custody and responsibility for the care of a minor or incompetent person
• Will: a legal document that specifies how a person's assets and property will be distributed after their death
• Homicide: the killing of a person by a spouse or partner in a domestic or intimate relationship.
Source: ABC News