LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Neighbors of a Lawrence man accused of shooting his wife to death say the couple was facing deteriorating health and living conditions.
Larry Hopkins is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, 61-year-old Margaret Hopkins. He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Douglas County District Court.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports neighbors recalled the couple as quiet but friendly. They said Margaret Hopkins suffered from arthritis, diabetes and nerve damage, among other things. Larry Hopkins was hospitalized about a year ago for a stroke and suffered heart problems.
The couple's health problems made it difficult to keep up their home in northeast Lawrence. In 2009, after years of complaints, the city's code enforcement manager said their house would need to be condemned.