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Charges in Alleged ‘Mercy Killing’ Upgraded to Murder

John Wise, 66. Police photo.

Prosecutors in Summit County, Oh., have filed an aggravated murder charge against a man accused of fatally shooting his wife as she lay in a hospital bed. The charges came after the results of an autopsy performed on Barbara Wise, 65, who died Sunday following Saturday’s alleged shooting. John Wise, 66, was initially charged with attempted aggravated murder. While his wife lay incapacitated at Akron General Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit, Wise allegedly entered the hospital through the main entrance, keeping a handgun concealed. Police say no one else was in the room when Wise allegedly fired the shot into his wife’s head. He surrendered to security without a struggle immediately after.

The couple were married for 45 years. Wise’s attorney, Paul Adamson, says his client acted out of love. “Forty-five years of marriage, blessed to be deeply in love with his wife throughout those 45 years, and I am absolutely confident that everything that he’s ever done for his wife has been done out of deep love, including the events that just recently transpired,” said Adamson in court Wednesday. In his first court appearance on Tuesday, Wise appeared confused about the initial attempted murder charge, asking the judge, “Is she not dead?”

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