Kentucky Man Says He Killed Wife to End Cancer Suffering

She asked him to, but he faces charges


LONDON, Ky. — A southeastern Kentucky man charged Wednesday with killing his wife said he fatally shot her because she asked him to end her suffering from terminal breast cancer.

Ernest Chris Chumbley, 48, of London, Ky., told WKYT-TV he fired the shots that killed 44-year-old Virginia M. Chumbley.

"I shot her," he told the station from the Laurel County jail Wednesday. "She died from my shots, but it's not murder."