Kouri Richins’ attorneys ask to withdraw from her case

Richins faces 11 felony counts, including an alleged attempted murder on Valentine’s Day in 2022. She would go on to write a children’s book about grief.

(Rick Bowmer | The Associated Press)Kouri Richins, center, a Utah mother of three who authorities say fatally poisoned her husband then wrote a children's book about grieving, lowers her head following a bail hearing Monday, June 12, 2023, in Park City, Utah. A judge ruled to keep her in custody for the duration of her trial.

Attorneys representing the Kamas mother accused of poisoning her husband say they can no longer represent her.

Skye Lazaro and the attorneys at Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C. have been leading Kouri Richins’ defense in the civil and criminal cases against her, including for the alleged murder of her husband, Eric Richins.

The firm filed paperwork May 17 stating an “irreconcilable and nonwaivable situation” for the need to withdraw from her defense.

Court documents state the issues first arose in Richins’ civil cases but involve the firm as a whole so it can no longer represent her in the criminal proceedings either. The specifics of the “irreconcilable” matter are unclear.

The firm stated the situation emerged after a hearing May 15 when Third District Court Judge Richard Mrazik was to determine if there was enough evidence for Richins to stand trial for murder.

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