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Police say Lawrence man killed wife due to ongoing health concerns

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The Douglas County District Attorney's Office said Larry L. Hopkins, 67, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, 61-year-old Margaret Hopkins. The Douglas County District Attorney's Office said Larry L. Hopkins, 67, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, 61-year-old Margaret Hopkins.
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV/AP) -

A Lawrence man was charged in the Tuesday morning shooting death of his wife, and officers say he shot her because of her ongoing health concerns.

The Douglas County District Attorney's Office said Larry L. Hopkins, 67, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 61-year-old Margaret Hopkins.

"Very sad, I liked them very much," said Sue with Senior Centers.

On Tuesday morning, a woman who wished only to go by Sue showed up to her friend's house near West Second Terrace and Wisconsin Street to deliver meals. She said she's been delivering meals to the couple who lives at the home for the last few years.

But this time she was turned away after being met by detectives and crime scene tape.

"They wouldn't tell me much of anything, I asked a couple of questions," Sue said.

Police say they were called to the home on a report of a shooting about 8:45 a.m. and immediately took Larry Hopkins in for questioning after finding Margaret Hopkins dead inside. The man was taken to the Douglas County Jail after being questioned.

"It's sad. It's very sad. I didn't know her well, but she was very nice and he was nice. It's just very sad," said neighbor Don Pierce.

Pierce has lived next door to the couple for less than a year but said the man seemed very nice, always helping to care for the woman.

Friends said the woman had some physical limitations and had a tough time getting around.

With an arrest and the following charges, friends hope they will learn more about what happened at the home, but they aren't convinced they will ever understand.

"I'm just not sure we will ever get to the bottom of it," Pierce said.

Larry Hopkins' bond was set at $150,000 and his next court appearance is Nov. 13.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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