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"She ain't in pain no more," KY man says he shot wife in mercy killing

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He said it was her final wish. That he kill her and put her out of her misery, but now a Kentucky man is behind bars. The charge? Murder.

"She told me to end the pain, stop the pain," said Ernest Chumbley through tears. "Did I want to do it? For her I did. No I don't. I didn't want to do it," he said.

Chumbley is charged with murdering his wife.

It happened Wednesday morning at their home on Green Lawn Subdivision in Laurel County, Kentucky.

Deputies say Ernest shot his wife, Virginia, then called 911.

911: "Hello 911 operator"

Ernest: "Yes, I've shot my wife."

His defense: It was a mercy killing. He says Virginia has been fighting cancer for several years now.

"He mentioned hospice and all that, she didn't want that. I loved her. I love her, and she took it as far as she wanted to go," said Ernest tearfully.

And although they were shocked, a neighbor had the same reaction when told the news.

"The only reason I could think he shot her is she probably asked him to cause she was hurting so bad," said Stan Campbell, neighbor.

Now, Ernest says, the only comfort he has, is that he granted her last wish.

"She ain't in pain no more," said Ernest. "She's a good woman. A good woman."

Chumbley is facing murder charges in Wednesday morning's shooting.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements for his wife are pending. Her body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

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