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Mother accused of detonating fireworks inside SUV found dead

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TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KTVI)- The mother accused of trying to kill herself and her teenage sons to get back at her married lover has been found dead. Kara Koriath, 44, was released from the St. Louis County Justice Center on bond Monday morning. She had been charged with felony assault on her own children in what amounts to an attempt at murder-suicide.

Town and Country Police confirm Koriath was found dead Tuesday morning alone inside the home she had been renting in the 1900 block of Karlin drive. Her attorney tells FOX 2 and News 11 that she died of a single gunshot wound.

Police say on the morning of November 20th she lit fireworks in her moving SUV on I-270 hoping to get the attention of her married boyfriend who traveled on the interstate to work every day. Investigators say she was angry with her boyfriend because he refused to leave his wife.

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Court documents say Koriath woke her sons, ages 13 and 16, telling them their grandmother had had a heart attack. She then allegedly put them in a car loaded with fireworks and accelerants and began driving down I-270. At one point she lit a firecracker, and set the car ablaze. Moments later they crashed. Prosecutors believe she was trying to kill them all. She and her sons were all hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police discovered numerous packs of fireworks strategically placed and tied together with fuses throughout the car. The floorboard of the vehicle has also been soaked with gasoline.

In February, Koriath was charged with felony assault.

On Tuesday, Koriath's attorney issued a brief statement from her family.

"She was a loving mother and felt the pressure of the media and the people turning their back on her including her friends and her church. She loved her kids -- had good intentions and would never harm her children. She pleaded not guilty and was prepared to fight the charges tooth and nail and St Gerard, her church, and friends turned their back on her -- she felt alone and helpless. People judged her without knowing the facts."

Koraith had been incarcerated for nearly two weeks before her release on bond Monday. Officials with the justice department wouldn't say if she had been placed under a suicide watch during that time, citing medical confidentiality rules.

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  • Stuntman Mike

    Why did this psychotic suicidal woman out on bond after trying to murder her children have a handgun? Yet another example of the ease of access to guns in this gun loving mad society, courtesy of the NRA. I sure hope the police are investigating if someone helped this woman get access to a gun. She was under house arrest and had a monitoring device. She had been locked up for weeks. Did the Town and Country police stupidly leave a gun in the house after searching it? If so, you gotta be kidding….

  • Lainey Lou

    “She loved her kids — had good intentions and would never harm her children.”

    Isn’t this exactly what she did?? She tried to kill them…how is that not harmful?

  • SGMfriend

    I was not suggesting that all the blame be attributed to the paramour but he could take some responsibility for the affair and leading her on. Is he the reason Kara moved the boys into this parish and school?

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