CNN is reporting today that a Kentucky man shot and killed his cancer-stricken wife because she was in pain. Police say Ernest Chris Chumbley, 48, shot his ailing wife, Virginia, 44, in their home to end her misery.
According to Chumbley, his wife, who was suffering from end stage breast cancer, became so desperate that she literally "begged" him to kill her.
After the killing, Chumbley placed a call to 911 and confessed to the murder. "I just shot my wife," Chumbley told the dispatcher in a tearful confession.
When police arrived at the London home, they found 44-year-old Virginia dead. The terminally ill woman had been shot several times with a .32 handgun, which was found close by.
Chumbley told police that the assisted suicide was his way of honoring his wife's last wish, according to the New York Daily News.
Police are still investigating the circumstances of the tragic story. Friends and family say the couple had been married for more than 20 years.
Ernest Chumbley is being held on $200,000 cash bond.