Ohio Man Indicted in Wife's Presumed Mercy Killing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
In this undated photo provided by the Summit County Sheriff Department shows John Wise. Wise, 66, is suspected of the mercy killing of his wife, who was shot at her bedside in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center Saturday. She died the next morning. Wide seemed perplexed at the charge when he stood before a judge Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 on an aggravated attempted murder charge, asking whether his wife was indeed dead. (AP Photo/Summit County Sheriff Department)

In this undated photo provided by the Summit County Sheriff Department shows John Wise. Wise, 66, is suspected of the mercy killing of his wife, who was shot at her bedside in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center Saturday. She died the next morning. Wide seemed perplexed at the charge when he stood before a judge Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 on an aggravated attempted murder charge, asking whether his wife was indeed dead. (AP Photo/Summit County Sheriff Department)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a man in the suspected mercy killing of his wife at a northeastern Ohio hospital.

John Wise faces one count each of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault in the Aug. 4 shooting of his wife in the intensive care unit of Akron General Medical Center.

The 66-year-old's indictment was released Monday. He is next due in court on Friday, when he is expected to enter a plea.

Wise previously had been charged with murder in municipal court, but Monday's indictment from a Summit County grand jury supersedes that charge.

A friend says Wise's wife, Barbara, had been disabled by a stroke when he shot her.


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