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Preliminary hearing for Kouri Richins delayed after attorney says she will object to all exhibits

May 15, 2024, 5:00 PM | Updated: 7:32 pm

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Kouri Richins attends a hearing on Wednesday in Park City. Her preliminary hearing was delayed on Wednesday. (Rick Boomer/Associated Press)

(Rick Boomer/Associated Press)

PARK CITY, Utah — A Summit County courtroom was filled Wednesday mostly by family members of Eric Richins there for a preliminary hearing for Kouri Richins, who is charged with murdering him.

A few members of Kouri Richins’ family were also in the courtroom, on the opposite side where benches were available.

The hearing did not happen, however, after Kouri Richins’ attorney Skye Lazaro announced her intentions to object to all 18 exhibits brought by prosecutors.

Deputy Summit County attorney Bradley Bloodworth said he was not prepared to argue about whether these exhibits were admissible. He said they had no advance warning and, instead, it was “kind of the opposite.”

He said, “Most of this is obvious to anybody that has practiced law for a moment.”

District Court Judge Richard Mrazik said some of the “ambiguity” causing the delay was due to him not understanding the intentions of both the prosecution and defense. He said he would try to hold the hearing as quickly as possible, because Kouri Richins is in custody.

“I need to move whatever I need to move to make this happen,” Mrazik said.

Lazaro said she wanted to continue with the hearing, though, and said her client had already waited “a substantial amount of time.”

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Preliminary hearing for Kouri Richins delayed after attorney says she will object to all exhibits