Kouri Richins, a Kamas mother and Utah author, is set to appear in court on Friday, November at 1:30 p.m. This appearance is in relation to the murder case where Richins faces charges of aggravated murder, drug possession with the intent to distribute, and drug possession with the intent to distribute. The charges include a first-degree felony, two second-degree felonies, and a Class A misdemeanor.
Richins and her attorneys previously appeared before Third District Court Judge Richard Mrazik in June for a scheduling conference. During the conference, both Richins’ attorney, Skye Lazaro, and the state prosecutor, Patricia Cassell, requested an extension to review and organize evidence for trial. Judge Mrazik granted the request and rescheduled the conference for 60 days later.
The scheduling conference, also known as a preliminary hearing, will determine if there is sufficient evidence to believe the accused crime was committed and if the defendant, Kouri Richins, is responsible. The judge will listen to testimony and review evidence to decide if the case should proceed to trial or be dismissed. Prosecutors may also amend the charges during this conference.
During a bail hearing in mid-June, Judge Mrazik heard witness testimony and ruled that Richins would remain in custody leading up to the trial. The State of Utah recently announced that it would not seek the death penalty against Richins, following consultation with the father and two sisters of Eric Richins, Kouri’s late husband.
If found guilty, Richins could face a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison for the aggravated murder charge.