LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A judge has denied a request to change the criminal charge against a Kentucky man who says he fatally shot his wife to end her suffering from terminal breast cancer.
Ernest Chris Chumbley is charged with murder in his wife's death last week in southeastern Kentucky.
WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/17p154k ) reports that Chumbley's attorney asked that his client's charge be changed to causing or assisting in a suicide.
The TV station reports the judge ruled against the request at a preliminary hearing in Laurel County on Tuesday.
The case will now be sent to a grand jury.
Chumbley called 911 and confessed to a dispatcher that he shot his wife, Virginia Chumbley. He cried throughout the call and said he shot his wife twice in the face. Police found her body in the bedroom.
Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com