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Man accused of killing wife: It was her request

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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 a television station 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 said 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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