The children’s book author accused of her husband’s murder had a falling out with him over buying a $2 million home, according to investigators.
Kouri Richins, the 33-year-old Utah mother, is accused She murdered her husband with a lethal dose of fentanyl in 2022 and reportedly feuded with her husband over the purchase of a massive mansion.
Eric Richins, Kouri’s late husband, reportedly felt the $2 million asking price was too expensive for the family, which also included three young children.
“According to the family, Eric and his wife were arguing over the purchase of a nearly $2 million property that they wanted to ‘flip’,” according to a search warrant seen by local NPR station KPCW. “He was going to tell her he wasn’t going to sign the papers.”
According to the KPCW, Kouri Richins finalized the purchase agreement for the home on March 5 — the day after her husband was killed.
Two weeks after his death, Kouri relisted the massive Heber City, Utah mansion for $4.8 million.
The mansion’s listing is still online, but the home’s realtor said it had a buyer.
According to the listing, the extravagant home has a butler’s pantry, a swimming pool, a therapy pool, a gym, a golf simulator, a large indoor volleyball court, a climbing wall, two common rooms, two kitchens, and even a dedicated room for virtual reality experiences. ‘
Additional details included in the search warrants revealed that Richins may have attempted to poison her husband before his death in March 2022.
“During the investigation into the death, I was told by Eric’s family members that they suspect his wife was involved in his death,” a Summit County sheriff’s deputy said. “They told him that if anything happened to him, he warned them that it was her fault.”
According to Eric’s sister, he was “seriously ill” a few years earlier while on a family trip to Greece. He told his sister that he believed his wife was responsible for poisoning his drink on the trip.
In another incident on Valentine’s Day in 2022, Eric reportedly broke out in hives after eating just one bite of a sandwich his wife made for him. He survived after using his son’s EpiPen and taking Benadryl.
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