Brit Charged With Killing Terminally Ill Wife Denies Murder

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    The Facts

    • Lawyers for a man charged with murdering his wife in Cyprus are seeking to have the charge altered to assisted suicide.

    • David Hunter, a 74-year-old ex-miner from Northumberland, is accused of killing his 75-year-old wife who had been suffering from terminal blood cancer.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Murder is not an appropriate charge. He acted to free his wife from the immense pain of her illness - the couple's daughter has testified to her parents' devotion to each other and her mother's desire to die.

    Narrative B

    It's unclear whether Hunter had his wife's consent and, regardless of her wishes, euthanasia is still illegal in Cyprus. He was recently ordered to attend a psychiatric facility in response to the killing and attempted overdose, and his actions demand intense investigation.

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