Murder Investigation

Aug 28, 2013 6:49 PM

Laurel County Man Admits To Killing Wife, Says She Asked Him To

A Laurel county man is facing murder charges after sheriff's deputies say he shot and killed his wife early Wednesday morning.

Virginia Chumbley's body was found in a home on Greenlawn Subdivision Road. Her husband, Ernest Chumbley, spoke with LEX18 from jail and explained why he did it. He said it was her final wish that he kill her and put her out of her misery.

Chumbley admitted to killing his wife, but said he was just doing what she asked him to do.

"She told me to end the pain, stop the pain," said Ernest Chumbley.

From the Laurel county jail, Chumbley said through tears he killed his wife.

"Did I want to do it? For her I did. No, I don't. I didn't want to do it," he said.

It happened at their home on Greenlawn Subdivision around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies say Ernest called 911 after shooting his wife.

911 Call:
Operator: "Hello"
Ernest: "Yes, I've shot my wife,"

His defense is that it was a mercy killing. He says Virginia has been fighting cancer for several years now.

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

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


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

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

"She isn't in pain no more. She's a good woman, a good woman..." he said.

Chumbley is facing murder charges, meanwhile funeral arragements for his wife are still pending. Virginia Chumbley's body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

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