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Posted: Thursday, 29 August 2013 7:32AM

Man accused of killing wife: It was her request

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A southeastern Kentucky man charged with murdering his wife says she had terminal cancer and asked him to make the pain stop.

Ernest Chris Chumbley told WKYT-TV he fired the shots that killed her but was only complying with the request of his wife, 44-year-old Virginia M. Chumbley of London, who he says had terminal breast cancer.

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 a man called around 2:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday saying he had shot his wife. Deputies found her dead in the bedroom. Forty-eight-year-old Ernest Chumbley was arrested on a murder charge and was being held on $200,000 bond.

A jail official said Chumbley was declining requests for further interviews on his lawyer's advice.

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