“Can I go see her? I want to go see my wife,” he said, but then agreed not to go to the bedroom.
Chumbley told WKYT-TV from jail that his wife wanted him to end her pain, and he told her he could offer her “what the doctor gave you.”
“She said ‘No, I want you to stop my pain for good,’” Chumbley told the news station. Mosley said Chumbley has declined further interviews from the jail.
Neighbors in the small subdivision near the Appalachian foothills said that the husband and wife were a happy couple, but that Virginia Chumbley’s cancer had taken a harsh toll in recent years.
“They seem like a normal family. We were just all shocked that it happened,” said Cheryl Cobb, who lives next door.
Stan Campbell, another neighbor, said the couple loved each other dearly. But the cancer put a strain on their lives, and the Chumbleys filed for bankruptcy in 2009.
“In my opinion, I think she might have talked him into doing that because she was hurting so bad,” Campbell said. “She was in real bad shape. I know she was hurting.”
Neighbors awoke to police lights, and some saw Chumbley being led away in handcuffs.
“He had a lot of pressure on him,” Campbell said. “He loved his wife so good he would do anything for her.”