Trial set for John Wise in alleged Akron hospital mercy shooting

AKRON, Ohio - A competency ruling clears the way for the Oct. 28 trial of an Ohio man charged with shooting his wife of 45 years in a hospital intensive care unit in a suspected mercy killing.

Sixty-eight-year-old John Wise of Massillon is charged with aggravated murder in last year's shooting of his 65-year-old wife, Barbara, in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center. She died the next morning.

Wise has pleaded not guilty.

A court official in Akron tells The Independent in Massillon that a competency evaluation stipulated that Wise is fit to stand trial. A pretrial hearing was held Wednesday.

A friend said Barbara Wise had been disabled by a stroke and that the couple had agreed they never wanted to become disabled in a nursing home.

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