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Defense for Utah children’s book author accused of killing hubby requests withdraw: ‘Irreconcilable’ situation

The legal team representing Cori Richins, a Utah mother of three and children’s book author accused of killing her husband in 2022, has withdrawn from the case, citing “a case that cannot be reconciled and cannot be waived.” filed a complaint. [sic] situation. “

Richins, now 35, has been charged with a crime. Attempted murder, aggravated murder, drug possession She allegedly poisoned her husband of nine years, Eric Richins, with illegal fentanyl on March 3, 2022, as a means to collect millions of dollars in life insurance proceeds.

“Ray Quinney & Nebeker, PC, hereby advises that it has a professional obligation to withdraw from its current representation of the Defendant. The ethical obligation to withdraw arises from circumstances that are irreconcilable and cannot be waived. ” states the withdrawal application submitted on May 17th. “Although this matter first came to light in a civil case in which our firm has been representing Ms. Richins, as it belongs to our firm as a whole, we are are being asked to withdraw.”

Skye Lazzaro, the defendant’s lead attorney, noted that the issue “emerged” from a hearing in her client’s case held on May 15, while Richins’ preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 18. postponed.

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Cori Richens, a Utah mother of three who wrote a children’s book to deal with her grief after the death of her husband, who was later accused of poisoning him, died in Utah on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Hear at a public hearing in Park City, state. (Rick Bowmer)

“In order to adequately protect the constitutional rights of the defendants, this court should immediately grant our office’s motion to withdraw and immediately appoint new counsel to continue the vigorous defense of the criminal charges against Mr. Richins.” ,” Lazarus wrote in the filing.

In a separate May 17 filing, Richins’ defense team sued state prosecutors, specifically Chief Prosecutor Brad Bloodworth, “for their involvement in serious violations that undermined the integrity of adversarial impartiality.” He filed a motion for disqualification.

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Defense attorney Skye Lazarus (left) speaks with Summit County Chief Prosecutor Brad Bloodworth and Lazarus' client Cori Lazarus during a public hearing on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Park City, Utah. Talk about postponing Richins' preliminary hearing until June.

Defense attorney Skye Lazarus, left, postpones the preliminary hearing for Lazarus’ client Cory Richins until June during a public hearing Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Park City, Utah. Talk to Summit County Chief Prosecutor Brad Bloodworth about what to do. Richins, a mother of three who lives in Utah, wrote a children’s book about coping with her grief after her husband’s death, but she was later accused of poisoning her husband. It was done. (Rick Bowmer)

Lazarus alleges that prosecutors improperly obtained evidence to develop their case against Richins, including jail summonses and letters deemed confidential due to attorney-client privilege.

Neither Lazarus nor Bloodworth immediately responded to inquiries from Fox News Digital.

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Khouri and Eric Richens smile together

Eric Richins’ obituary describes him as “an avid outdoorsman and dedicated hunter.” He enjoyed helping out on his family’s ranch and growing a “successful” masonry business. His obituary also notes that he was a devoted family man. (Facebook/Kori Richins)

Prosecutors allege that Khouri, 33 at the time, killed Eric, 39, in order to collect millions of dollars in life insurance proceeds and pass on the insurance proceeds. $2 million Wasatch County mansion It was under construction at the time of Eric’s death, but his family stated that Eric did not approve of this investment.

On the night Eric died, authorities said he, Khouri and her mother, Lisa Darden, were celebrating Khouri’s recent closing on the mansion in question.

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Khouri and Eric Richens and the mansion

Utah children’s book author Cori Richens had a controversial relationship with her husband over financial disagreements before she allegedly killed him with fentanyl. (Town Lift, Will Skadden/Facebook)

Khouri allegedly poured her husband a cocktail laced with fentanyl. The coroner determined that Eric had more than five times the lethal dose of illegal opioids in his system when he died. The new charging documents say that investigators also found “16,000 ng/ml of quetiapine,” which is described as an atypical antipsychotic drug “commonly used as a sleep aid,” in Eric Richens’ gastric fluid. Says.

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The next day, after her husband was pronounced dead, Khouri allegedly signed a contract for the mansion “on her own.”

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Cory Richins in court on May 15, 2024

Cori Richens, a Utah mother of three who wrote a children’s book to deal with her grief after the death of her husband, who was later accused of poisoning him, died in Utah on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Hear at a public hearing in Park City, state. (Rick Bowmer)

The suspect is also charged with attempted murder in connection with an incident in which she allegedly tried to poison her husband’s sandwich on Valentine’s Day. According to her court documents, Eric noticed something was wrong and took her son’s EpiPen and Benadryl to save her life.

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Kouri has maintained her innocence in her husband’s death.

After her husband’s death, she wrote a children’s book about grief titled “Are You With Me?” And she appeared on local media to promote the book, in which she said that her husband’s death was the inspiration behind her book.

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