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Akron: Man indicted in wife's presumed mercy killing

10:54 PM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- 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.

Associated Press

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