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Marijuana companies slapped with lawsuit after husband high on drug filled candy shot and killed his wife in front of his children

By Mason White 7:01 AM May 13, 2016
Richard Kirk 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) The children of a man charged with murder filed a lawsuit against two marijuana sellers after their mother was shot and killed in front of their eyes, according to court documents in Colorado.

The lawsuit named Gaia’s Garden LLC and Nutritional Elements Inc.

According to the allegations in the lawsuit, 48-year-old Richard Kirk bought marijuana infused candy from Nutritional Elements, which was produced by Gaia’s Garden.

Kirk was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife, Kristine Kirk. Before she was shot, 44-year-old Kristine Kirk called 911, saying that her husband had hallucinations and was getting a gun.

The husband then shot his wife, and she died in front of her children.

In court, Richard Kirk pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming that he was intoxicated with THC as a result of eating the marijuana infused candy.

Low levels of THC were found in the killer’s blood, and a partially eaten marijuana candy was found in the house.

Nutritional Elements and Gaia’s Garden denied the allegations, saying that their treats do not cause hallucinations.

The lawsuit was filed by the children’s grandparents, Wayne and Marti Kohnke, and their aunt, Tamara Heman, who are now their guardians.

The children are 9, 13, and 15 years old.