Murder Suspect Says Wife Asked Him to Shoot Her
She was suffering from breast cancer, allegedly wanted him to 'end her pain'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2013 10:53 AM CDT
Ernest Chris Chumbley is seen in this police photo.   (London, KY Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – "Hello … I just shot my wife." That's how Ernest Chris Chumbley introduced himself to a 911 operator yesterday morning. "Give me police. I'm under arrest," he said, according to a tape obtained by WKYT. Sure enough, police arrived to find his wife Virginia dead, and took a compliant Chumbley into custody. "She died from my shots, but it's not murder," the Kentucky man said, explaining that she'd asked him to shoot her because she was suffering from breast cancer.

"She told me she wanted me to end her pain. I said, 'Jay, all I’ve got is what the doctor gave you.' She said 'no, I want you to stop my pain for good,'" Chumbley said. "I just did what she asked. And I would expect no different from her if I was asking." He's been charged with murder anyway, and has pleaded not guilty. He's in jail on a $200,000 bond. Neighbors say the two had a loving marriage, and tell LEX18 that they believe his story. "The only reason I could think he shot her is she probably asked him to, because she was hurting so bad," one said.

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Rational.-Anarchist
Aug 29, 2013 8:41 PM CDT
The last I've heard, There are some very powerful pain relievers for terminal cancer patients. Morphine is VERY effective. Maybe they should have tried that, or some good strong reefer, which would have helped, too. I'm thinking maybe he just got tired of taking care of her, and this is his way of solving the problem of taking care of both him & her. Now he gets all his needs taken care of by the state.
GaryUSA
Aug 29, 2013 4:26 PM CDT
I call bullshit. Too stupid to record her mercy killing request on video, so cops would have more than just his word? I don't think so...as he doesn't look like he was born yesterday. I think it's obvious he took it upon himself to end her misery, as well as his own. Additionally, he's slandering her character by alleging she was selfish/sociopathic enough to send him to prison because she wasn't willing to end the pain herself.
earthenvessel9
Aug 29, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
While I understand sympathy for the husband in this situation, I see a big potential problem with allowing/legalizing such actions. People can SAY that's why they killed a person-they requested it to end their pain, but it may not be true. How do you prove it? They could actually want to relieve their own pain, or want insurance money, etc. I'm not saying I think this man did it for an evil reason, just saying don't think it should be allowed/legal