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Warrant: Richard Kirk may have been on pain meds, pot edible when he killed his wife (50)

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A photo from Richard Kirk's Facebook page.
Update: During our last update about the tragic murder of Kristine Kirk (see our previous coverage below), we shared a probable-cause statement that made no mention of marijuana use by Richard Kirk, Kristine's husband, who's accused of killing her, despite multiple reports from law-enforcement sources to that effect. Now, however, a search warrant has surfaced that cites a specific pot edible Richard is said to have consumed prior to pulling the trigger -- but also raises the possibility that he had also taken prescription pain medication. Continue for the latest.

As we've reported, Kristine Kirk, seen here in a photo from her Facebook page....

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...was on the phone with a 911 operator for twelve minutes when she was fatally shot in the head, allegedly by Richard. She'd previously announced that he had been hallucinating.

A procedural inquiry is underway regarding the length of the call, and that's understandable. As many of our readers have pointed out, a police station is only minutes away from the Kirks' home on St. Paul Street, near the DU campus. If officers had been dispatched immediately, some observers believe a tragedy might have been averted.

In the meantime, a great deal of attention has been paid to claims that Richard had ingested a pot edible -- a product much in the news of late.

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A Facebook photo of late college student Levy Thamba, aka Levi Thamba Pongi.
Earlier this month, the Denver coroner's office determined that a marijuana edible had been a contributing factor in the death of college student Levy Thamba, also known as Levi Thamba Pongi, who died after falling from a hotel balcony. The latest reports suggest that Thamba had never tried marijuana before eating part of a cookie from Sweet Grass Kitchen, and when it didn't have an immediate effect, he then consumed six times the recommended amount.

In the meantime, 9News and other local news agencies have obtained a search warrant in the Kirk case that quotes Kristine as telling the dispatcher that her husband had eaten some "marijuana candy." Later, a receipt was found for a purchase at Nutritional Elements, one of the marijuana shops most recently licensed by the City of Denver, for a piece of Karma Kandy Orange Ginger, as well as a pre-rolled joint of Pre-98 Bubba Kush.

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Karma Kandy Orange Ginger.
But practically lost in the focus on pot edibles is an allusion to the likelihood that Richard was also on prescription medication for his back pain.

Test results showing what was in Richard's system following his arrest have not yet been released -- and even when they are, there's no guarantee they'll irrefutably establish what caused the events on that fateful night.

Here's the latest 9News report, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue to read our previous coverage about the murder of Kristine Kirk, including photos and videos.



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coloradocrosscountry
coloradocrosscountry

Is anyone posting here NOT an advocate of legalized marijuana?   Please raise your hands ...

ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

I masterbated after eating some pot brownies.

Pot-Rod
Pot-Rod

They gotta keep my weed legal.  He was cleerly a vilent homophobe not willin to let his old lady go.

JC Hoffeditz
JC Hoffeditz

Trying to keep Cannabis in "Reefer Madness" mode.

thisgirl75
thisgirl75

This is frightening. I recently tried an edible for the first time. I have smoked and had no problem. The edible put me in a dream like state where I lost touch with reality. I was not on any other substance or medication. It was horrible and I still get scared when I think about it. I was convinced I was dying. Luckily my husband stayed by my side while I waited it out. I don't think everyone realizes how strong edibles can be. I'm a big advocate of marijuana legality but this made me question everything.

Eric Miles
Eric Miles

Daniel Guzman that's exactly what I said on Thursday.

TheBlueBadger
TheBlueBadger

My brother was murdered in Denver in 1984 by two drug-crazed criminals, one with a gun, the other with a knife. They were all using hard drugs including cocaine and some kind of barbiturate. Robbie was stabbed in the back, shot in the face and set on fire, in that order. Coroner's report states cause of death was the gun shot, he could have survived the knife wound. Can't rule out the possibility that marijuana was a contributing factor in the story above but it was easy access to a highly lethal weapon that killed this man's wife. If he had attacked her with a knife she may have been able to fend him off but you cannot fend off a bullet once it's on its way to your face. There are  many other developed countries in the world that allow gun ownership and their gun deaths are a tenth of America's. The difference between America and those other nations is the easy access to guns here. Any psychopath can legally buy a gun in America. The second amendment allows for regulation, let's use it because if you want to carry the stupid argument of gun ownership to it's logical extreme, then let's just sell nukes to anyone who wants one and then we can settle this issue once and for all.

Kristine Apodaca
Kristine Apodaca

I bet somebody somewhere has come home from church and shot their wife... Oh my god! Church causes homicide!

Jo Nadani
Jo Nadani

Dick is as Dick does...I agree, that these 'pot edibles' are just a new target for this newly legalized 'evil drug'. But once a 'fucktard' flies or tries to maneuver into a fake defense, this becomes news...

Eduardo Acosta
Eduardo Acosta

Ray Lakers are you kidding? It's like you think the gun has an evil spirit which possesses the person holding it like the one ring in lord of the rings or something? It was the drugs of course.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

While the Second Amendment is a good thing, it does say "well regulated."  Some people just shouldn't have guns, and there are some weapons that shouldn't be allowed.

There will be the predictable "You're the one that shouldn't bla bla bla" remarks.  I don't care and don't know if this is a case where a gun should be prohibited.  Someone now will surly say that even if a weapons purchase is prohibited , someone might illegally obtain a weapon and that's true, just as there are many kinds of weapons.

However, it IS possible to reduce the probability of such tragedies by following the Second Amendment, the WELL REGULATED part. 

Amanda Davis
Amanda Davis

It had nothing to do with pot!! I am very knowledgeable and an experienced cannabis user but I ate a 300 milligram edible and I weighed 105 pounds and even though I had a freak out and cried I NEVER HALLUCINATED. It was either the pain killers or some other psychological problem, but marijuana is SAFE.

Kerri Peek
Kerri Peek

He was "hallucunating" Yet he could open gun safe and release safety? Give me a break!

George White
George White

I seriously doubt the weed made him do this. How many stoners go around killing people?

Wrek Em'all
Wrek Em'all

I don't give a fuck how much you smoke or eat... you are not seeing shit.

Shari Walsh
Shari Walsh

So, he was asking his wife to shoot him. Why did he shoot her instead of himself?

Wesley Honegger
Wesley Honegger

I find it funny how marijuana wasn't blamed for a single death until after it became legal. Clearly the news outlets are owned by people who have a vested interest in opposing it becoming legal in other places.

Amanda Goffena
Amanda Goffena

This is like blaming alcohol for stupid shit people do when they're drunk. And those mistakes are a lot more frequent

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

If there is one lesson learned it is make sure you delete all your photos on your facebook because Westword sure likes to go onto peoples pages, and use their pics for their shitty articles. Pretty greasy if you ask me.

Jolie Lynn Gantt
Jolie Lynn Gantt

They're still gonna blame on whatever they want to blame it on...why don't they do some psych tests on the guy while they're at it?

Jolie Lynn Gantt
Jolie Lynn Gantt

BaZiNgA! I imagine alcohol was said to have caused hallucinations too...seems like cops wanna cover up all the other crap...focus on the "devil drug" lol

Jan Miller
Jan Miller

Never heard of this kind of thing happening and then all of a sudden a rash of strange deaths. Makes me think it was that one edible.???

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

Real bang up job of reporting there westword, The FOX News of the shitty free magazines. How is that lawsuit against our state going for ya?

Brian Mosbey
Brian Mosbey

Crazy people also drink with medications and that does things too. Stop trying to demonize pot as much ass anything else.

Kimberly Kammann-Davis
Kimberly Kammann-Davis

He would have killed his wife any way. Had nothing to do with the pot! Seriously! Find a real topic to report on.

KaylaandSteve Tuite
KaylaandSteve Tuite

How about we talk about all of the domestic violence that has been caused by alcohol. Oh, not newsworthy enough because alcohol has been legal or so long?

Becca Reed Farmer
Becca Reed Farmer

Surely it was a combination of the above and everything he had taken..

staylor.6464
staylor.6464

@thisgirl75 you ate too much...you should always verify dosing with your doctor before taking.  With edibles...a little goes a long way! Also...refer to my post.  This guy was a wife beater from way back....and this should be told like any other tragic domestic violence situation...like what it is. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Premeditated Pot Pandemonium !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kristine Santopietro Apodaca "Church causes homicide!"


True that.


Religion -- aka Superstitious Nonsense -- is one of the primary causes of mass homicide throughout history.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga  "While the Second Amendment is a good thing, it does say "well regulated.""


                               REGULATION WORKS!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Amanda Davis " I had a freak out and cried"


Irrelevant personal annecdote

coloradocrosscountry
coloradocrosscountry

Acute psychotic toxicity.  Rare but well-documented.  It's like an allergic reaction to a bee sting - a few people almost die from it, and this is 100% medically true.  

coloradocrosscountry
coloradocrosscountry

Clearly, you're paranoid.  Increased potency and naive users are the no-brainer explanation.  Conspiracy theories are ... like, conspiracy theories.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mick Paul ... Failbook is for Fools and Tools.



xyzabc
xyzabc

No, No, No, NO!!  Keep posting on Facebook, I love looking into all of your stupid lives.  Especially when you do stupid shit.  No privacy, I LOVE IT!! Show it all. PLEASE!!!  FACEBOOK posting = Einstein IQ  Show us the depth of your intellect - as deep as a puddle on the sidewalk.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

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