The person allegedly killed by his spouse, Utah grief book author Kouri Richins, “had motive to consider” she had an affair all through their marriage, based on a household consultant.
Eric Richins, 39, suspected that Richins, 33, was finishing up an extramarital relationship earlier than she allegedly poisoned him with a fentanyl-laced Moscow Mule in March 2022, household lawyer Greg Skordas told Fox News Digital.
“He’d had issues beforehand, and he additionally had motive to consider she was having a relationship and that was persevering with by means of their marriage … apparently in individual,” Skordas informed the outlet.
Eric additionally feared for his personal security, telling “some family members that he thought she was making an attempt to harm him,” Skordas mentioned.
“And mentioned at one level, ‘If one thing occurs to me, take a look at Kouri. I feel she’s making an attempt to kill me,’” Skordas informed the outlet.
The attorney told The Post on Thursday that regardless of his alarming suspicions, Eric stayed along with his spouse to spare their three younger sons from rising up in a damaged dwelling.
“He lived for these boys,” he mentioned. “I consider he would have stayed in a lower than fascinating relationship if it meant he may do proper by them.”
Eric had beforehand informed a pal he believed Kouri was making an attempt to poison him after he grew to become sick following a Feb. 14, 2022, Valentine’s Day dinner at dwelling, based on court docket paperwork within the battle between the couple’s household for his $3.6 million estate.
The slain man’s sister additionally informed the court docket he grew to become violently sick after Kouri gave him a drink throughout a visit to Greece a number of years in the past — telling her he thought “his spouse had tried to kill him.”
In the meantime, Skordas additionally sought to dispel public hypothesis that Eric suffered from a drug drawback and overdosed by himself.
“The federal government has alleged that the person who offered the defendant the fentanyl, which finally brought about her husband’s loss of life has given them a press release and has admitted that she offered fentanyl capsules to the defendant – that, actually, she offered several types of opioids at totally different occasions,” he told ABC4.
Skordas told Fox 13 Now: “Everybody knew that he didn’t do opioids, he didn’t do medicine, he didn’t abuse managed substances in any respect.”
Shortly earlier than his loss of life, Kouri allegedly tried to call herself beneficiary to his life insurance coverage coverage, however Eric reportedly modified it again to his sister’s title with out telling his spouse.
Eric later warned his household that “if something occurred to him she was accountable,” based on court docket information.
The husband died March 4, 2022, only a day earlier than Kouri closed on a $2 million deal to purchase a 22,000-square-foot dwelling – a deal for which he had refused to pay, based on paperwork obtained by KPCW.
Two weeks later, she put the property again available on the market, making an attempt to greater than double her cash by flipping it for practically $5 million.
Kouri later went on to pen a tear-jerker kids’s guide about dealing with grief.
Kouri faces costs of first-degree aggravated homicide and a number of counts of second-degree possession of a managed substance with intent to distribute. She is due again in court docket on Might 19.