Lawrence man charged with killing his wife

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- "It's really horrifying and just hard to believe. Everyone is shocked," said Ken Wallace.

That's how he reacted Wednesday during an interview with FOX 4 about his neighbor, 67-year-old Larry Hopkins. Hopkins is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his 61-year-old wife, Margaret.

Police say around 8:45 Tuesday morning they got a 911 call about a gunshot being fired at the couple's home on West Second Terrace. When officers arrived, they say they found Mrs. Hopkins dead from a gunshot wound. Detectives questioned Larry Hopkins extensively on Tuesday. Prosecutors charged Hopkins with the crime on Wednesday.

Ken Wallace said during the 13 years he's lived in the neighborhood, Mrs. Hopkins had a number of health challenges.

"There was an ambulance there a couple of times a month and I think there's been one there two or three times in the last week and a half," said Wallace.

Neighbors say when he wasn't caring for his wife, Larry Hopkins, a retired Kansas University library assistant of 19 years, spent a lot of time sitting on his front porch, reading in his favorite chair.

"I've never seen them have a big fight or hear any screams or yells coming out of the house or anything like that," said Wallace, who fought back tears during out interview.

"I just keep thinking about the whole house, their pets, everything," said Neighbor Felicia Carbaugh.

While at church Wednesday, Carbaugh lit two candles: one for her neighbor, who's now charged with first-degree murder and one for his wife, now suddenly gone.

"I know he made a mistake. I wanted to pray for him and for her, too," said Carbaugh.

Larry Hopkins remains in the Douglas County jail on a $150,000 bond. He's due in court on November 13th.



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