Kouri Richins tried drilling into husband Eric’s safe two days after his death, new filings reveal
Moscow Mule ‘killer’ Kouri Richins slipped a love note alongside an allegedly poisoned sandwich then temptingly placed it on the seat of her husband’s truck on Valentine’s Day 2022.
This chilling detail is one of several new claims to emerge Friday in amended charging documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com.
It has been two weeks since Kouri, 34, was charged with murder in the death of her husband Eric Richins, 39, whom she allegedly poisoned with a fentanyl-laced vodka cocktail on March 3, 2022.
The mother-of-three claimed she found him ‘cold to the touch’ shortly after 3am on March 4, 2022.
Now, the newly filed documents have revealed a string of callous moves made by Kouri in the years before, and days after, her husband’s death.
Documents obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Eric Richins, 39, broke out in hives after his wife Kouri, 34, prepared a sandwich for him in February 2022
Eric’s family told investigators shortly after he died that they suspected his wife had killed the father-of-three.
They include taking out multiple life insurance policies on him worth close to $2million and attempting to ‘drill into his safe’ just 48 hours after his death.
As for the earlier alleged poisoning in February 2022, Richins broke out in hives after consuming the sandwich, was unable to breathe and required his son’s EpiPen to recover. He later told a friend that he thought his wife was trying to poison him.
Two days after she allegedly finally succeeded in that bid, on March 6, 2022, the documents show, ‘[Kouri] arranged for a locksmith to drill into Eric Richins’s safe, which contained between $125,000 and $165,000 in cash.’
When one of Richins’s two sisters – Amy and Katie Richins Benson – told Kouri that she did not have the authority to do so, Kouri, ‘became enraged and punched Eric Richins’s sister in the face and neck.’
This was the first time that Kouri learned that her husband had changed his Will.
Without telling her, Richins had created a Living Trust and placed the older of his two sisters, Richins-Benson, 38, in charge.
As previously revealed by DailyMail.com, until that point, Kouri believed she would inherit an estate of at least $3.6million upon her husband’s death according to the terms of a prenup they signed upon their marriage in June 2013.
Prosecutors allege Kouri secretly took out the first of several life insurance policies she had obtained on her husband within just two years of their marriage.
Between 2015 and 2017, the documents state, she took out at least four life insurance policies with an aggregate value of $1,947,000.
Amended court documents allege Kouri had taken four life insurance policies on her husband, with the most recent being filed in two months before his death.
Two days after Eric’s death, the documents show, Kouri hired a locksmith to drill into his safe. She allegedly ‘became enraged and punched’ Eric’s sister in the face and neck’ after she was told she was authorized to do so
The most recent policy was taken out barely two months before his death, in late January 2022, when Kouri filed an application for a new life insurance policy of $100,000 on Richins’s life.
The policy was issued on February 4, 2022, exactly one month before his death.
One week after that policy was issued, Kouri allegedly obtained ‘illicit fentanyl’ from an acquaintance – one of two such purchases made across two weeks in February and totaling $1,800.
In the months after her husband’s ‘unexpected’ death and in a very public expression of ‘grief’ Kouri wrote a children’s book, ‘Are You With Me?’
She claimed the work was inspired by Richins’s death and her own experience of failing to find any reading materials aimed at helping her sons cope with their loss.
But, while she went on local television to promote the book and painted the image of a happy and wholesome family life ripped apart by unexpected tragedy, attorney and Richins family spokesman Greg Skordas told DailyMail.com that Richins and Kouri had discussed divorce in the months leading up to this death.
He said: ‘They had argued over financial issues, and it seemed that both were more realistic. [about divorce] as a way forward.
In fact, the new charging documents show that money had long been a source of conflict for the devoted father and his wife.
In September 2020, they reveal, Richins discovered that Kouri had ‘obtained and spent a $250,000 home equity line of credit on [their] Kamas home, withdrew at least $100,000 from his bank accounts and spent in excess of $30,000 on his credit cards.’
Around that same time Richins, who was a partner in a successful masonry firm valued at at least $4million at the time of his death, also discovered that Kouri had been ‘appropriated distributions made from [his] business for the purpose of making federal and state quarterly tax payments and not paying the taxes.
The Kamas, Utah, home where police say Kouri Richins killed her husband Eric in March 2022 with a fentanyl-laced Moscow Mule cocktail
Kouri is said to have bought four life insurance policies on her husband totaling $2 million in the years prior to his death.
Richins discovered that Kouri had obtained and spent a $250,000 home equity line of credit on [their] Kamas home’ and had withdrawn at least $100,000 from his bank accounts, the filing shows
The stolen ‘tax payments’ totaled at least $134,346 – money that Richins insisted Kouri pay back.
The following month, in October 2020, Richins ‘consulted both a divorce lawyer and an estate planning lawyer.’
Unknown to Kouri he then created the Living Trust which carved her out of any control over his estate, stated that she should never become a Trustee of it, and severely limited her access to any funds she might receive in the event of his death.
He transferred the partnership interest in his business to the Trust and designated the Trust, rather than his wife, the beneficiary of his $500,000 life insurance policy.
At the time, Richins was unaware of the multiple life insurance policies she had taken out on him.
In an extraordinary section of his Will, viewed by DailyMail.com, Richins also included written instructions of what to do in the case of his ‘disappearance or abduction.’
He told family members that, if anything happened to him, they should ‘check out’ his wife, that he ‘didn’t want her to get away with something’ and that he believed she would try to, ‘kill him for his money’ ‘
Under the circumstances, with such deep-seated misgivings and mortal fear, many have questioned why Richins stayed in the marriage.
Pictured: Kouri and Eric Richins with their three boys, aged six, nine, and 10
It is said that Eric, pictured right, had been considering a divorce from his wife at the time of his death.
According to family spokesperson Skordas there were three reasons.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com last week Skordas said: ‘There are three reasons Eric stayed: one is 10 years old; one is nine and the third is six.
‘He lived for his three boys and unfortunately he died for them too.’
It is a tragic statement, but, according to Skordas, Richins would have done and sacrificed anything for his three boys.
Skordas said: ‘He was a soccer coach, a baseball coach, basketball coach and avid outdoorsman with his boys.
‘He donated all his pay from coaching to kids who could not afford some of the things his own boys had.
‘He was really set on raising his boys the right way.’
And he was determined to do so despite the increasingly apparent troubles in his marriage.
Skordas said: ‘There were rumors that Kouri maintained a relationship with someone else for pretty much the duration of the marriage.
Kouri is seen promoting her book in April at a local Utah station. ‘We have three little boys,’ she told the interviewer, ‘And my kids and I kind of wrote this book on the different emotions and grieving processes that we’ve experienced in the past year’
Following her husband’s death, Kouri Richins wrote ‘Are you with me?’ – a picture book she wrote to help children cope after the death of a loved one
‘It wasn’t something the family ever discussed with Eric or anything that rose above the level of hearsay.’
On the day before his death, Kouri told authorities, she and Richins were celebrating because she had closed on a home for her business, K Richins Reality LLC.
In fact, according to family members Richins and Kouri had disagreed over the purchase of the $2million property which she wanted to buy and flip.
Family say Richins planned to tell his wife he did not intend to move forward with the purchase.
She closed the deal the day after he died and put the property on the market for $5 million two weeks later.
The vast property which sprawls over 20,000 square feet, with a separate guest house spanning more than 8,000 square feet, is set on 8.75 acres of land in Midway, Utah, and is currently under contract for $3.75million.
Kouri is currently being held in custody with her next court appearance scheduled for June 12.