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Gazette Premium Content Police probe marijuana role in Denver woman's killing

Associated Press Updated: April 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm

DENVER — Authorities are investigating whether marijuana played a role in the alleged domestic violence killing of a woman in her Denver home.

Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of 47-year-old Richard Kirk in connection with the deadly shooting of his wife. An arrest affidavit says the woman called 911 Monday night saying Kirk was hallucinating and scaring the couple's three small children. The documents say she told 911 dispatchers that Kirk was talking about the end of the world and he wanted her to shoot him.

A police spokesman says the woman was shot while on the phone with dispatchers, a call that lasted about 15 minutes. The affidavit says the woman screamed and told dispatchers her husband retrieved a gun from a safe.

Police have not identified the wife.

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