New details have emerged regarding the case of Kouri Richins, a Utah mother and children’s book author who stands accused of murdering her husband.
Utah Mother’s Alleged Search History Raises Questions
Prosecutors have now brought forward evidence from her alleged search history on her iPhone, shedding light on potential motives and incriminating inquiries.
Kouri Richins, a Utah mother who is facing charges of first-degree aggravated murder and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, reportedly had a search history that raised suspicions among prosecutors, PEOPLE reported.
Some of the phrases and questions found in her search history included inquiries about lie detector tests, luxury prisons in America, the effect of the poison on a death certificate, and how to delete information from an iPhone remotely.
Prosecutors consider these searches to be incriminating, suggesting that they provide insight into her state of mind and potential involvement in her husband’s death.
However, it is important to note that the alleged searches do not prove guilt, but rather serve as additional pieces of evidence for the prosecution’s case.
Utah Mother Faces Allegations
The allegations state that Utah mother Kouri Richins had prepared a deadly Moscow Mule cocktail for her husband, Eric Richins, by lacing it with a fatal amount of fentanyl.
Eric, who consumed the drink to celebrate a recent real estate deal, tragically passed away shortly thereafter. The court documents assert that the cocktail contained five times the lethal dose of fentanyl.
Prosecutors have cited the findings of a medical examiner, indicating that Eric died from a fentanyl overdose. The autopsy revealed that he had approximately five times the lethal amount of the drug in his system.
Utah mother Kouri Richins’ defense team has countered these claims, stating that law enforcement did not find any fentanyl or illicit drugs in their family home. They argue that the state has failed to provide evidence linking Richins to the fentanyl in question or proving that she administered it to her husband.
Furthermore, her defense has also addressed other accusations brought against her, including allegations of attempting to change a life insurance policy and withdrawing money without her husband’s knowledge.
They argue that there is no evidence identifying the origin of the alleged actions and assert that Richins had a rightful claim to the funds in their joint accounts. It has been reported that Eric changed the beneficiaries of his will and life insurance policy to his sister before his death.
During the court proceedings, Utah mother Kouri Richins’ defense team requested her release on bail, asserting that the evidence presented by the prosecution was circumstantial.
In a peculiar twist, it has come to light that Richins published a children’s book on grief, titled “Are You With Me?” one year after her husband’s death.
The book aimed to provide solace and comfort to children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. However, the book has since been removed from Amazon.
In their investigation, authorities obtained search warrants for the family’s electronic devices, which uncovered text messages between Utah mother Richins and an acquaintance involved in alleged drug transactions.
The acquaintance claimed that Utah mother Kouri Richins had purchased hydrocodone and later sought a more potent drug, specifically referencing fentanyl.
Cooperating with investigators, a woman identified as C.L., who had provided housekeeping services to the Richins family, allegedly purchased the drugs that caused Eric’s death. Her testimony was presented during the hearing, although the defense questioned its reliability.
While the trial is ongoing, the case of the Utah mother Kouri Richins has garnered significant attention due to the shocking allegations and the involvement of a children’s book author.