Kansas man pleads not guilty to killing ailing wife

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A 67-year-old Lawrence man accused of killing his ailing wife has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

6News Lawrence reports Larry Hopkins waived a formal reading of the charges and entered his plea Friday.

He is accused of fatally shooting his wife, 61-year-old Margaret Hopkins, on Nov. 5. Police say he shot her because of her ongoing health concerns.

Hopkins was found competent to stand trial in November after a mental health evaluation. If convicted he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

He is being held at Douglas County jail on $150,000 bond. He is scheduled for a jury trial starting April 14.


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