Prosecutors have stated that they would not seek the death sentence in the case of Kouri Richins, a Utah widow who is accused of killing her husband before writing a children’s book about dealing with loss.
The Summit County Attorney’s Office indicated its intention to dismiss the case in a notice of intent filed with the court on Friday. “This decision was made in careful consultation with Eric Richins’ father and his two sisters,” the document read.
The original accusation of aggravated murder against Richins has been reduced to a Class A misdemeanour.
Eric Richins was discovered dead at the foot of his and his wife’s bed in their Kamas, Utah home.
As the judge said in June, there was “substantial evidence” against Kouri Richins, so she was not granted bail or pretrial release.
It was among the many searches done by her on her iPhone, according to investigators, that the phrase “what is a lethal dose of fentanyl” was located.
Richins has been charged with aggravated murder, criminal homicide, and three counts of possession with intent to distribute a prohibited narcotic.
Kouri Richins claimed police she made her husband a Moscow Mule before sneaking off to bed with their son. She claimed that at after 3 a.m., she went back to check on her husband and found him lying on the floor, unresponsive and cold.
Richins released a children’s book titled “Are You With Me?” about a year after the passing of her spouse. Specifically, it addressed how to cope with the loss of a loved one.