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Kouri Richins biography: 13 things about Francis, Utah author, real estate sales agent


Kouri Darden Richins is a children’s book author and a licensed real estate sales agent from Francis, Summit County, Utah, United States. Aside from Francis, she has lived in other parts of Utah including Heber City, Henefer and Farmington.

Richins was 6 years younger than her husband Eric E. Richins. They have three sons together.

Kouri and Eric owned a house in Kamas, Summit County and an incomplete 20,000-square-foot manor in Midway, Utah worth $3.75 million. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. In 2013, she gave birth to her first son. When she and Eric signed a prenuptial agreement in June 2013, she believed she would inherit an estate of at least $3.6 million on his death.
  2. In 2014, she gave birth to her second son.
  3. From 2015 to 2017, she bought four life insurance policies on Eric’s life without his knowledge with benefits totaling nearly $2 million.
  4. In 2017, she gave birth to her third son.
  5. In September 2020, Eric discovered she had carried out several major financial moves without his knowledge, such as taking out a $250,000 home equity line of credit, withdrawing $100,000 from his bank accounts, spending more than $30,000 on his credit cards and stealing about $134,000 from his business meant for tax payments. When he confronted her, she agreed to repay him. In October 2020, he met with a divorce attorney and estate planner and changed his will by forming the Eric Richins Living Trust without telling her.
  6. On November 3, 2020, without telling her, Eric altered the beneficiary of his will and his power of attorney to his sister Katie Richins-Benson.
  7. On January 1, 2022, she changed Eric’s joint life insurance policy, which he shared with his business partner and C&E Stone Masonry co-owner Cody Wright, making herself the only beneficiary. Eric and Wright were informed by the insurance company and they were able to reverse it back. 
  8. On February 11, 2022, she went to an individual’s house in Heber City and paid $900 to receive 15-30 fentanyl pills. On February 14, 2022, he and Eric had a Valentine’s Day dinner at their house in Kamas where she prepared a sandwich for him. Shortly after the dinner, he broke out in hives and told a friend he thought she was trying to poison him. On February 26, 2022, she bought another $900 of fentanyl pills from the same Heber City individual.
  9. At around 9:00 p.m. on March 3, 2022, she and Eric celebrated her closing on a house for her business, according to her. She claimed that she made him a Moscow Mule in the kitchen and brought to their bedroom where he consumed it while sitting in bed. She said she went to sleep with one of their son’s bedroom became the child was having a night terror.
  10. At 3:22 a.m. on March 4, 2022, she called 911. According to her, she woke up at around 3:00 a.m. and came back to her and Eric’s bedroom. She felt him and he was cold to the touch, she claimed. Toxicology findings from the autopsy determined that he died from an overdose of fentanyl.
  11. On March 6, 2023, she arranged for a locksmith to drill into Eric’s safe, which contained between $125,000 and $165,000 in cash. When Richins-Benson told her that she did not have the authority to do so, she became enraged and punched Richins-Benson in the face and neck.
  12. On March 5, 2023, she published “Are You With Me?“, a book about an angel wing-clad deceased father watching over his sons. When she promoted the book on television and radio, she described it as a way to help children grieve the loss of a loved one.
  13. She was 33 years old when she was arrested on May 8, 2023. Represented by Skye Lazaro, she was charged with first-degree aggravated murder and three counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and is expected back in court on May 19, 2023.

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