Richey plans city wedding after release from prison

Kenny Richey is currently serving a three-year sentence. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Kenny Richey is currently serving a three-year sentence. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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FORMER Death Row prisoner Kenny Richey is set to return from the United States to marry his clairvoyant girlfriend in the Capital – with brother Tom acting as best man.

Richey is due to be released from a three-year prison sentence for threatening a judge in December, and is already making plans to wed Karen Charves “back home” in Edinburgh.

Friends said the nuptials include a role as best man for Tom Richey, who is currently serving a 65-year jail term in the US for murdering a man and assaulting another while high on LSD.

He has mounted a fresh appeal and hopes to be released in February next year.

With Kenny Richey due back around Christmas, friends say he will marry psychic Ms Charves, who lives in Tupelo, Mississippi, as soon as his 46-year-old brother can come back to the UK.

Edinburgh-born Richey spent 21 years on Death Row over the death of toddler Cynthia Collins in a fire before his release in a plea bargain deal in 2008. The 49-year-old returned to the city but his stay was marred by drink and drug abuse.

A source close to him said: “Kenny wants to come to Edinburgh to marry Karen. He’s due for release about December 13 or 14 and wants to come back home for the ceremony.

“Tom believes he will be released next February and he’s coming back to stay and to be Kenny’s best man.

“Kenny had his British passport stolen before he went to jail so there might be some hoops to jump through to come back, but that’s the plan.”

Richey returned to the US in 2009 to be with father Jim, who died after a long battle with prostate cancer. His mother, Eileen, still lives in the Capital.

He then lived with ex-wife Wendy Amerud, 53, in Minnesota, but following a series of arguments he left the family home and a restraining order banning him from contacting his wife was taken out.

Richey asked holistic healer Ms Charves, 56, to marry him in 2011 after they met online.

In May 2012, he was branded a “sociopathic felon” by the judge he threatened during a New Year’s Eve phone call. Randall Basinger was an assistant prosecutor in 1986 when Richey was charged with setting a fire that killed a two-year-old girl in an Ohio town.

Richey had left a message on the judge’s answering machine, saying: “I’m coming to get you.”