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August 29, 2013

Man shoots cancer-stricken wife; 'I only did what she told me'

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LONDON, Ky. —

"You could hear her at night over there moaning in pain, and it was so sad," Campbell said.

He added the couple had been "wonderful neighbors" over the years.

"In all the 10 years that I lived next door to them, I never once heard them fight or raise their voice to one another. They really and truly loved one another," Campbell said.

He emphasized the only way that Ernest Chumbley would have shot his wife is if she had asked him to do it because of her illness.

"I think she was in a lot of pain and must have asked him to shoot her to end it," he said. 

Campbell, who recalled seeing the couple strolling along the street when he first moved to the neighborhood, said those walks ended when Virginia Chumbley became ill.

"After she got the cancer a couple of years ago, you would barely see her out. She was maybe on the front porch once a month. She would try to walk and would often fall. She was just really sick. You could hear her at 2 or 3 in the morning moaning in pain, just gasping for air," Campbell said.  

Ernest Chumbley remained jailed as of late Wednesday with bail set at $200,000 cash.

Charlotte Underwood writes for The Times Tribune in Corbin, Ky.

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