DENVER (AP) — A judge ordered a Denver man on Friday to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was paranoid and hallucinating after eating marijuana-infused candy.
Defense attorneys for 48-year-old Richard Kirk suggested during a preliminary hearing that he was so impaired by the pot that he may not have intended to kill his wife.
But Judge Elizabeth Starrs said there was enough evidence for a trial on a charge of first-degree murder because Kirk showed he had the wherewithal to remember the code to a locked gun safe and press the weapon to his wife’s head nearly 13 minutes into her call with the 911 dispatcher.
“That’s more than enough evidence to establish probable cause,” Starrs said.
The ruling came after more than two hours of testimony from Denver police Detective Troy Bisgard, who drew no conclusions about…
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