Warrant: Richard Kirk may have been on pain meds, pot edible when he killed his wife (50)
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.
A photo from Richard Kirk's Facebook page.
As we've reported, Kristine Kirk, seen here in a photo from her Facebook page....
...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.
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.
A Facebook photo of late college student Levy Thamba, aka Levi Thamba Pongi.
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.
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.