Akron: Hospital shooting trial jury selection delayed

3:29 AM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON, Ohio -- An Ohio man is standing trial for allegedly shooting his wife of 45 years in a hospital intensive care unit in what may have been a mercy killing.

Jury selection in the aggravated murder trial of John Wise was scheduled to start Monday morning in Summit County Common Pleas Court in Akron. A court official tells WKYC that the date has been pushed back. A new date has not been set.

Wise has pleaded not guilty.

The 67-year-old Wise, of Massillon, was charged with shooting his 65-year-old wife Barbara in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center on Aug. 4. She died the next morning.

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.

Wise's attorney said his client had always acted toward his wife with love.

WKYC-TV/The Associated Press

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