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Charges in Alleged ‘Mercy Killing’ Upgraded to Murder

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.

Police: Man Shot Wife at Hospital in Possible Mercy Killing

On Saturday, John Wise, 66, allegedly entered an Akron hospital through the main entrance, keeping a handgun concealed. Police say no one else was in the room when Wise allegedly shot his incapacitated wife as she lay in bed at the hospital’s ICU.