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Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:17

67-year-old pleads no contest to first-degree murder of ailing wife, says he acted on his own

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67-year-old Lawrence resident Larry Hopkins pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of first-degree murder in the death of his wife in November.

Lawrence Police officers responded to the Hopkins' residence in the 1600 block of West 2nd Terrace around 8:45 a.m. on November 5. Hopkins called 911 stating that he had just shot his 61-year-old wife Margaret Hopkins.

Hopkins told law enforcement officers due to his wife's deteriorating medical condition, he decide to end her life. Hopkins told officers he had not discussed this plan with her, and he acted on his own.

Hopkins previously pled not guilty in late January. Hopkins also underwent an evaluation by a Bert Nash mental health specialist and was found competent to stand trial.

Depending on the findings of the presentence investigation ordered by the judge, Hopkins could face a prison sentence of 25 years to life with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Hopkins is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15.