Ohio man to stand trial in hospital shooting

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- 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 is scheduled to start Monday morning in Summit County Common Pleas Court in Akron. He has pleaded not guilty.

The 67-year-old Wise, of Massillon (MAS'-ih-lawn), 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.