October 30, 2014
DENVER (AP) - A judge has ordered a Denver man to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was acting strangely after eating marijuana candy.
Defense attorneys for 48-year-old Richard Kirk suggested Friday during a preliminary hearing that he was so impaired by the pot that he may not have intended to kill his wife.
However, Judge Elizabeth Starrs said there was enough evidence for a trial because Kirk showed he had the wherewithal to open a safe containing a gun and press the weapon to the head of 44-year-old Kristine Kirk.
A detective said the only substance in Kirk's blood was THC, marijuana's intoxicating chemical.
Denver police Detective Troy Bisgard testified the Kirks had escalating marital and financial troubles, and she had a $340,000 life insurance policy.