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Family of Laurel woman shot by husband stick by murder charge

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Her family says Virginia ”Jenny Mae” Chumbley was suffering from cancer, but she never would have wanted to die, or for someone to take life from her.

“She loved her kids, her grandkids, what more could you live for?” said her mother, Rita Smith after a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court Tuesday morning.

Chumbley said the shots he fired were because his wife’s pain had become too great for her to bear. Police testified she was found dead after Chumbley called 911.

“Readily I could see two gunshots to her left cheek and face; later I found another one closer to her nose, ” Det. Charlie Loomis testified.

Chumbley’s attorney claims the murder charge is not correct. He says the correct offense actually should be that Chumbley assisted in his wife’s suicide.

But her family says this mother and grandmother still had a lot of life left in her.

“You tell me, if I’m dying of cancer, with all of these little ones around me, something to give me to live for, to give me hope, why would I look to you and say take my life,” said Smith.

The judge says the grand jury will consider the murder charge, and Chumbley is to stay in jail on a $200,000 cash bond.

“Now he took my baby’s life. Let the Justice system take his,” said Smith.

She claims Chumbley also kept her daughter from some of her doctor’s appointments and chemotherapy, treatments that could have helped her.


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