Man says he killed wife to end her cancer pain

10:04 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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LONDON, Ky. -- A southeastern Kentucky man charged with killing his wife says he fatally shot her because she asked him to end her suffering from breast cancer.

Ernest Chris Chumbley told WKYT-TV he fired the shots that killed 44-year-old Virginia M. Chumbley of London -- and he said he would have expected her to do the same for him. 

He told WLEX-TV he loved his wife. The Laurel County sheriff's office says Ernest Chumbley called about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday saying he had shot his wife. 

Deputies found her dead in the bedroom.

The 48-year-old Chumbley was arrested on a murder charge and was being held on $200,000 bond. 

A jail official told The Associated Press that Chumbley was declining requests for further interviews on his lawyer's advice.

Associated Press

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