- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DENVER (AP) - The sister of a woman whose husband is accused of killing her after eating marijuana-infused candy said Tuesday the family is struggling to adjust to life without her.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 14 shooting, Tammy Heman recalled her sister, 44-year-old Kristine Kirk, as a devoted mother of three sons. The boys are now living with Heman and their grandparents.

“You can’t measure the loss that they’re feeling,” Heman said of the children.

Richard Kirk, 48, is charged with first-degree murder in Kristine Kirk’s death. Prosecutors say Kristine Kirk was shot nearly 13 minutes into a 911 call in which she told Denver police dispatchers that her husband was paranoid and hallucinating after eating marijuana candy.

During the call, dispatchers heard Kristine Kirk beg her husband not to retrieve a gun from a safe. They heard a gunshot and the line went quiet. Police could be heard knocking on the door several minutes later.

A detective has testified that he drew no conclusions about whether Richard Kirk’s behavior was influenced by THC, marijuana’s intoxicating chemical.

Kirk’s defense attorney, Shanelle Kindel, said at a Friday hearing that the package of candy bore no information about suggested dosages. The defense has suggested Kirk was so impaired by the pot that he may not have intended to kill his wife.

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