Lawsuit Demands Over $13 Million from Utah Woman Allegedly Killing Husband and Penning Grief-Themed Book

by Ryan Lee
Grief book lawsuit

A Utah woman, who authored a children’s book about grief post the death of her husband, is now facing accusations of his lethal poisoning. On Tuesday, a lawsuit was launched against her, demanding more than $13 million for claimed financial misconduct committed before and after the husband’s demise.

Katie Richins, sister-in-law of the accused, Kouri Richins, filed the lawsuit in the state court. She accuses Kouri of illegally extracting money from her late husband Eric Richins’ bank accounts, misappropriating funds intended for his tax payments, and securing a fraudulent loan, among other allegations, prior to his death in March 2022.

Kouri Richins is presently under charge for the murder of her late husband.

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According to the lawsuit, “Kouri executed the aforestated acts in a meticulous and planned manner, solely aiming to hide her enormous debt, misappropriate assets for her personal businesses, plan Eric’s death, and gain financially from his death.”

On Wednesday, an email sent to Kouri Richins’ lawyer, Skye Lazaro, received no immediate response.

The prosecution contends that Kouri Richins, aged 33, poisoned her 39-year-old husband, Eric Richins, by mixing a lethal dose of fentanyl—five times higher than usual—into a Moscow mule cocktail she served him.

Following his death, the mother of three self-published a children’s book, “Are You with Me?”, about a deceased father, adorned with angel wings, watching over his sons. She advertised it on TV and radio, touting the book as a tool to aid children in dealing with the death of a loved one.

The lawsuit also aims to prevent Richins from selling her book and demands all profits generated from it. It alleges that the book contains references to events and specifics from Eric Richins’ life and his interactions with his children.

Regarding the criminal case, the defense contends that prosecutors simply endorsed the story from Eric Richins’ family that Kouri poisoned him, then sought evidence to substantiate it. After a 14-month investigation, they claim there was not enough evidence to support the theory. Lazaro has remarked that the case, built on Richins’ financial motives, merely shows her to be “bad at math,” not a murderer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Kouri Richins Lawsuit

Who is the Utah woman being sued for over $13 million?

Kouri Richins, a Utah woman who authored a children’s book about grief following the death of her husband, is being sued for over $13 million. She stands accused of his lethal poisoning and is charged with his murder.

Who filed the lawsuit against Kouri Richins?

Katie Richins, the sister of Kouri Richins’ late husband Eric Richins, filed the lawsuit in state court against Kouri.

What are the specific accusations against Kouri Richins in the lawsuit?

The lawsuit accuses Kouri Richins of several financial misdeeds, such as taking money from her late husband’s bank accounts, diverting funds intended for his tax payments, and obtaining a fraudulent loan before his death.

What is the book Kouri Richins wrote about?

Kouri Richins wrote a children’s book titled “Are You with Me?” The book is about a deceased father, adorned with angel wings, watching over his sons. She marketed it as a tool to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.

What are the allegations concerning the murder of Eric Richins?

Prosecutors allege that Kouri Richins poisoned Eric Richins by adding a lethal dose of fentanyl, five times higher than the typical lethal dose, into a Moscow mule cocktail she prepared for him.

What is the defense’s argument in the criminal case?

The defense argues that the prosecutors have merely accepted the narrative that Kouri poisoned her husband and then tried to find evidence supporting this claim. After a 14-month investigation, they argue there’s not enough proof to support this theory. Kouri’s lawyer, Skye Lazaro, states that the case built on financial motives only shows that Richins was “bad at math,” not that she is guilty of murder.

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SuzieQ June 28, 2023 - 10:37 pm

Seriously! how can people do things like this? Money can make people do the unthinkable!

LisaMarie June 29, 2023 - 6:42 am

This story’s sad. Gotta feel for the kids, losing a dad and then the mom gets accused of murder…not right.

MommaBear53 June 29, 2023 - 6:44 am

her poor kids. What a mess. cant even imagine what they’re going through right now.

JakeW June 29, 2023 - 12:28 pm

Wow this is crazy stuff! Can’t believe she had the audacity to write a book after allegedly killing her husband. Unreal.

BelleStars June 29, 2023 - 2:20 pm

So many twists in this story, it’s like a movie plot! She wrote a book, even promoted it… some nerve she’s got.

Trevor_on_the_net June 29, 2023 - 3:32 pm

Just read about this on another site. She wrote a book and all, as if nothing happened. whoa!

Techguy92 June 29, 2023 - 4:35 pm

I dont get it, why would she write a book about it? was it guilt or something else? any lawyers here who can explain?

Pete_the_skeptic June 29, 2023 - 6:15 pm

Hold on, aren’t we innocent till proven guilty? why is everyone so quick to judge? lets wait for the court verdict, people!


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