DENVER — A Denver man accused of shooting his wife after eating candy infused with pot more than a year ago has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.
Richard Kirk, 29, is charged with first-degree murder for killing his wife in April 2014, according to the Associated Press. His defense attorney said Kirk did not intend to kill his wife because he was impaired after eating “Karma Kandy Orange Ginger.” He pled not guilty in March.
Kirk’s wife called police before she was shot, telling them that her husband was acting more drunk than violent. He was allegedly crawling through a bedroom window and cutting his legs on broken glass. She allegedly told them Kirk was paranoid and hallucinating after eating weed candy he bought at a recreational pot shop. A gunshot was heard and the line went quiet.
The couple’s three children were at the house when the shooting happened.
Kirk will be evaluated at the Colorado mental Health Institute in Pueblo before his next court hearing, according to the AP. In order to maintain his basis for an insanity defense in Colorado, experts will have to look at his actions and behavior in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the incident.
Kirk is scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 17.